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Old 08-17-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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The Siloam Pool Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man

A sacred Christian site identified by archaeologists


The Siloam Pool has long been considered a sacred Christian site, even if the correct identification of the site itself was uncertain. According to the Gospel of John, it was at the Siloam Pool where Jesus healed the blind man (John 9:1-11).

Traditionally, the Christian site was believed to be the pool and church that were built by the Byzantine empress Eudocia (c. 400-460 A.D.) to commemorate the miracle recounted in the New Testament. However, the exact location of the pool itself as it existed during the time of Jesus remained a mystery until June 2004.

During construction work to repair a large water pipe south of Jerusalem's Temple Mount, on the ridge known as the City of David, archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron identified two ancient stone steps. Further excavation revealed that they were part of a monumental pool from the Second Temple period, the period in which Jesus lived. The structure Reich and Shukron discovered was 225 feet long, with corners that are slightly greater than 90 degrees, indicating a trapezoidal shape, with the widening end oriented toward Tyropoeon valley.

The Siloam pool is adjacent to the area in the ancient City of David known as the King's Garden, and is just southeast of the remains of the fifth-century church and pool originally believed to be the sacred Christian site.

...from Bible History Daily.

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