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Siloam
Siloam
(Hebrew: Shiloah; Arabic: Silwan) is an ancient site in Jerusalem, located in the East Jerusalem
Jerusalem
neighborhood of Silwan, south of the Old City. According to the Hebrew Bible, Siloam
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.

Contents

1 Antiquity 2 Siloam
Siloam
inscription 3 Archaeology 4 References

Antiquity[edit]

Silwan, late 19th century

Josephus
Josephus
described the waters of Siloam
Siloam
as "sweet and abundant." [1] In the New Testament, the collapse of the Tower of Siloam
Tower of Siloam
is cited by Jesus
Jesus
as one of two examples where sudden, untimely death came to people who didn't necessarily deserve it more than most other sinful people.[Luke 13:1-5] According to the Gospel of John,[9:1-9] Jesus
Jesus
healed a man who had been blind from birth. Jesus
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
Siloam
by the Byzantine empress Eudocia (c. 400–460 CE) to commemorate this New Testament
New Testament
miracle.[2] Siloam
Siloam
inscription[edit]

An inscription from Siloam, from the lintel of Shebna-yahu's tomb

The Siloam inscription
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
Siloam
is the lintel of Shebna-yahu's tomb (known as the Shebna
Shebna
Inscription), which is in the collections of the British Museum. Archaeology[edit] 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 Siloam
Siloam
Pool.[3] References[edit]

^ Smith, Stelman. The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names. Bridge Logos, 2009. ISBN 978-0882707518 ^ "The Siloam
Siloam
Pool Where Jesus
Jesus
Healed the Blind Man". Biblicalarchaeology.org. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2014-02-19.  ^ Plushnick, Ramit. "Archaeologists identify remains of Siloam
Siloam
Pool, where it is believed Jesus
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 / 31.7700806°N 35.2361583°E / 31.7

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