Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Hezekiah’s Tunnel is Evidence of the Bible’s Historical Accuracy

“Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah – all his might, and how he made a pool and a tunnel and brought water into the city – are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah” – II Kings 20: 20

“This same Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of the Upper Gihon, and brought the water by the tunnel to the west side of the City of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his works.” – II Chronicles 32: 30

Hezekiah used this water tunnel to save the city during the siege by Assyria.

Has anybody hiked through this tunnel here? Water will come up to just above your knees. The American biblical scholar Edward Robinson discovered the tunnel in 1838. Today you can walk through the tunnel from one end to the other (a distance near 1750 feet approximately 100 feet below the surface of the hill that it is found within).

 
 

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In order to build the tunnel, laborers dug from each end and met in the middle in what is arguably one of the greatest examples of water engineering technology in the pre-Classical period.

Source of Image: http://jeru.huji.ac.il/eb26.htm

The tunnel was commemorated shortly after its completion (circa 701 BC) with an inscription that was found in 1880 about 30 feet away from the Pool of Siloam.

 

Below are the remains of this inscription (which incidentally was broken at the time of removal). It now resides in the Istanbul Archeological Museum in Turkey.

Source of Image: Jack Kilmon, www.historian.net

This Siloam Inscription translates as follows:

“The tunneling was completed… While the hewers wielded the ax, each man toward his fellow… there was heard a man’s voice calling to his fellow… the hewers hacked each toward the other, ax against ax, and the water flowed from the spring to the pool, a distance of 1,200 cubits…”

Again we have corroborating physical evidence showing Scripture to be credible.