A note on hezekiah's tunnel and the siloam inscription

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Abstract

This paper is an attempt to solve the problems concerning Hazekiah's tunnel by suggesting that the tunnel was excavated mainly from the spring down. The workers worked down-stream until they reached a point where they realized that they could save precious time by working from both ends, and only then a second team started work. According to the presented scenario the meeting between the two groups of workers took place at the spot where the Siloam inscription, which describes this meeting, was inscribed. This scenario explains, among other things, the location and content of the inscription, the-height of the ceiling at the lower part of the tunnel, the existence of two other rock tablets (without inscriptions) and their location. The markings on the tunnel wall, which according to the prevalent opinion indicate the location of the meeting place, should be seen as a result of a final “finish” conducted only after the course was clear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
JournalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament
Volume25
Issue number90
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2000

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This article is based on a lecture given in the second annual conference on ‘New Studies on Jerusalem’, held at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, on November 28th, 1997. I would like to thank the participants for their comments. I would also like to thank Dr Dan Bahat, Professor Amos Kloner, Dr Hanan Eshel (of Bar-Ilan University) and Dr Roger Moorey (of Oxford University) for their important remarks. I would also like to thank Mr Z. Abbels, Mr M. Ehrlich, Dr S. Shpiro and Mr D. Eisenstadt for their assistance. The responsibility for the ideas expressed in the article, and any mistake or error is, of course, mine alone. This study was sponsored by Ingeborg Rennen Center for Jerusalem studies. 9 2000 25 90 3 11 © 2000 SAGE Publications 2000 SAGE Publications

Funding

This article is based on a lecture given in the second annual conference on ‘New Studies on Jerusalem’, held at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, on November 28th, 1997. I would like to thank the participants for their comments. I would also like to thank Dr Dan Bahat, Professor Amos Kloner, Dr Hanan Eshel (of Bar-Ilan University) and Dr Roger Moorey (of Oxford University) for their important remarks. I would also like to thank Mr Z. Abbels, Mr M. Ehrlich, Dr S. Shpiro and Mr D. Eisenstadt for their assistance. The responsibility for the ideas expressed in the article, and any mistake or error is, of course, mine alone. This study was sponsored by Ingeborg Rennen Center for Jerusalem studies. 9 2000 25 90 3 11 © 2000 SAGE Publications 2000 SAGE Publications

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Ingeborg Rennen Center for Jerusalem

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