Siloam (Hebrew: Shiloah; Arabic: Silwan) is an ancient site in
Jerusalem, located in the East
Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, south
of the Old City. According to the Hebrew Bible,
Siloam was built
around the "serpent-stone", Zoheleth, where
Adonijah gave his feast in
the time of Solomon. It is the site of the
Pool of Siloam
Pool of Siloam and the
Tower of Siloam, both mentioned in the New Testament.
Silwan, late 19th century
Josephus described the waters of
Siloam as "sweet and abundant." 
In the New Testament, the collapse of the
Tower of Siloam
Tower of Siloam is cited by
Jesus as one of two examples where sudden, untimely death came to
people who didn't necessarily deserve it more than most other sinful
According to the Gospel of John,[9:1-9]
Jesus healed a man who had
been blind from birth.
Jesus spat on the ground, made mud with the
saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He then told
the man, “Go wash yourself in the Pool of Siloam.” So the man went
and washed and came back seeing. A pool and church were built in
Siloam by the Byzantine empress Eudocia (c. 400–460 CE) to
New Testament miracle.
An inscription from Siloam, from the lintel of Shebna-yahu's tomb
Siloam inscription was discovered in the water tunnel built during
the reign of Hezekiah, in the early 7th century BC. The Siloam
inscription is now preserved in the Archeological Museum of Istanbul,
Turkey. Another important inscription found at
Siloam is the lintel of
Shebna-yahu's tomb (known as the
Shebna Inscription), which is in the
collections of the British Museum.
In 2004, archaeologists excavating the site for the Israel Antiquities
Authority found biblical-era coins marked with ancient Jewish writing,
pottery shards and a stone bottle cork that confirmed the
identification of the site as the biblical
^ Smith, Stelman. The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names. Bridge
Logos, 2009. ISBN 978-0882707518
Siloam Pool Where
Jesus Healed the Blind Man".
Biblicalarchaeology.org. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
^ Plushnick, Ramit. "Archaeologists identify remains of
where it is believed
Jesus miraculously gave sight to a blind man".
Highbeam.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
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Coordinates: 31°46′12.29″N 35°14′10.17″E /
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