Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered the steps that lead down to the Pool of Siloam, a biblical site known for its significance in the New Testament story of Jesus healing a blind man. The steps had not been seen for over 2,000 years and were discovered during a new excavation project in the area.

The pool was built over 2,700 years ago as part of Jerusalem’s water system and is estimated to be around 1.25 acres in size. A small section of the pool has been accessible to the public for several years, but the majority is currently being excavated and will soon be opened to the public.

When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

John 9:6-7

The Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority, and the City of David Foundation are carrying out the excavation project. The City of David Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and development of ancient Jerusalem and is committed to connecting people of all faiths and backgrounds to the city’s rich history.

The discovery of the steps is seen as a significant affirmation of the heritage shared by Jews and Christians with Jerusalem, as a matter of fact and faith. The Pool of Siloam is considered one of the most important sites in Jerusalem and is cherished by both Christians and Jews.



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