Archaeologists Discover Biblical Pool of Siloam
MSNBC News reports that a team of archaeologists working in an Arab portion of Jerusalem believe they have located the pool of Siloam, where according to the Gospel of John, ch. 9, Jesus healed a blind man.
In other archaeology news, MSNBC also reported that the Israeli Antiquities Authority is calling an alabaster pomegranate alleged to be a relic of Solomon’s temple a forgery, as well as the acclaimed James ossuary that mentions the name of Jesus. Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, however, is standing by its claim for the authenticity of the ossuary, accusing the IAA of unscientific analysis and bias.
Debates will continue about the ossuary, the Jehoash inscription and some other artifacts, but many objects and sites mentioned in the Bible are corroborated by the archaeologist’s spade. Unlike holy books of man-made religions, the Bible speaks of real places, events, and people. As such, it is open to historical investigation: in fact, it encourages the honest seeking for the truth.