Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Hezekiah's Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel with water flowing through it.

Archaeologists discovered the tunnel in the 19th century. The tunnel, which was hand carved out of the rock beneath Jerusalem, is Biblically significant, because it is attributed to the leadership of Hezekiah.

It winds underground from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. It is a third of a mile long, mostly less than three feet wide, and, in a few places, less than five feet in height. It has an elevation drop of only 2 feet. The account of the construction of Hezekiah's water tunnel under Jerusalem by King Hezekiah shortly before the city was besieged by Sennacherib in about 701 BC is described in 2 Kings 20:20 and 2 Chronicles 32:2-4, 30.


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