Local officials have confirmed that a Biblical site where it is said that Jesus Christ healed a blind man has been made public for the first time in 2000 years.
Jerusalem’s mayor Moshe Lion said that: “The Pool of Siloam in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem is a site of historic, national and international significance. After many years of anticipation, we will soon merit being able to uncover this important site and make it accessible to the millions of visitors visiting Jerusalem each year.”
According to the news of Human Events, organizations that have fought to get the Biblical site reopened to the public, such as the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority, and the City of David Foundation, all rejoiced at the news.
Fox News quoted American pastor John Hagee, the organization’s founder and chairman: “The Pool of Siloam’s excavation is highly significant to Christians around the world. It was at this site that Jesus healed the blind man. And it is at this site that, 2,000 years ago, Jewish pilgrims cleansed themselves prior to entering the Second Temple.”
Hagee calls the pool, which is a part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park, “among the most compelling archeological confirmations of the Bible.” In the Book of Kings II, 20:20 of the Bible, King Hezekia is credited with building it around 2,700 years ago.
Hagee added: “Christians are deeply blessed by the City of David’s work and Israel’s enduring commitment to ensuring religious freedom to all who visit and live in the Holy Land, especially Jerusalem – the undivided capital of Israel.”
When workers were fixing a damaged pipe in a potato field back in 2004, they unintentionally stumbled onto the location. Local officials approved a $100 million proposal to remove it from beneath a Palestinian neighborhood three years ago. Although it will take some time to fully excavate the pool, visitors will now be able to explore a portion of the site.
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