Archeologists have made an exciting find in Jerusalem — the long-disputed “Pool of Siloam” and the “Pilgrimage Road.”
Two thousand+ years ago, the Pilgrimage Road was traveled by millions who journeyed to Jerusalem to attend Jewish Festivals. The Road was cited in numerous ancient Jewish, Roman and biblical writings.
The Pool of Siloam is referenced in the Gospel of John as the site of a healing miracle of a lame man. The miracle was also depicted in the recent media series “The Chosen.”
In 2004, city officials were notified that an underground sewage line had failed. The municipality of Jerusalem sent a construction crew, per city code, and a team of archaeologists, to investigate the problem.
In the course of removing earth to expose the sewage line, archeologists discovered what has been confirmed to be steps leading down to the famed “Pool of Siloam.”
The Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation have confirmed the find and listed it as a “significant biblical heritage site.”
City leaders have announced the excavation site, which is now larger than two Olympic swimming pools, will be open to the public in the near future.
Ze’ev Orenstein, director of International Affairs – City of David Foundation told Fox News Digital: “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.
The City of David Foundation refers to the half-mile-long excavation site as the “most significant half-mile on the planet.”
“There is no half mile that means more to people … that affirms Jerusalem’s biblical heritage, not simply as a matter of faith, but as a matter of fact,” Orenstein added.
The find is significant for Jews who claim they have an ancient claim to Jerusalem and the area known as the Temple Mount — a claim disputed by neighboring Arab states and the United Nations.
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