A famous site where Jesus Christ is said to have healed a blind man has been uncovered in an archaeological dig. The Pool of Siloam has been unearthed after more than 2,000 years of being covered in the desert.
The site in Jerusalem, which was first constructed in the 8th century BC under the reign of King Hezekiah, was found thanks to a joint effort by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority, and the City of David Foundation. Its discovery is proving to be momentous for followers of Christianity.
“The ongoing excavations within the City of David — the historic site of Biblical Jerusalem — particularly of the Pool of Siloam and the Pilgrimage Road, serve as one of the greatest affirmations of that heritage and the millennia-old bond Jews and Christians have with Jerusalem,” Ze’ev Orenstein, director of International Affairs – City of David Foundation, said in a statement.
“Not simply as a matter of faith, but as a matter of fact.” The Pool of Siloam, which reached more than 1.25 acres at its peak, gave the City of David its running water. According to a passage in the Gospel According to John, the Pool is also where Jesus restored a blind man’s vision.
“There is no half mile that means more to more people that affirms Jerusalem’s biblical heritage not simply as a matter of faith, but as a matter of fact,” Orenstein further said in a statement.