Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Do the new dates hold water?

For more than a hundred years, an extraordinary water tunnel in Jerusalem has been attributed to King Hezekiah, who dug it to protect the city’s water supply during the Assyrian siege of 701 B.C.E. Hence its name, Hezekiah’s Tunnel. However, recent scholarly publications now argue that the tunnel was not built by Hezekiah but by his predecessor or his successors. In the web-exclusive discussion Regarding Recent Suggestions Redating the Siloam Tunnel, leading archaeologists Aren Maeir and Jeffrey Chadwick propose that Hezekiah had ample time to construct the tunnel during the revolt against Assyria.

Read Aren Maeir and Jeffrey Chadwick’s Regarding Recent Suggestions Redating the Siloam Tunnel in Bible History Daily.

Read Hezekiah’s Tunnel Reexamined in Bible History Daily for more on the arguments for and against redating the tunnel.

Read Ayreh Shimron’s responses to readers’ letters about the construction of the water system in the Bible History Daily scholar’s response Hezekiah’s Tunnel Revisited.

 


 

Resources on Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Siloam Inscription and Jerusalem’s water system in the BAS Library

 
Will King Hezekiah Be Dislodged from His Tunnel?Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2013.

Did Ancient Jerusalem Draw Water Through Warren’s Shaft?Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2007.

Shanks, Hershel. “Sound Proof.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Sep/Oct 2008, 50-57, 78.

Strata: Siloam Inscription: Return Home!.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov/Dec 2007, 20.

Shanks, Hershel. “The Siloam Pool.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Sep/Oct 2005, 16-23.

Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: The Siloam Inscription Ain’t Hasmonean.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 41.

Hackett, Jo Ann. “Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: Spelling Differences and Letter Shapes Are Telltale Signs.Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 42-44.

Cross, Frank Moore. “Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: Because They Can’t See a Difference, They Assert No One Can.Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 44.

McCarter, P. Kyle, Jr. “Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: No Trained Epigraphist Would Confuse the Two.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 45-46.

Yardeni, Ada. “Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: They Would Change the Dates of Clearly Stratified Inscriptions—Impossible!.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 47.

Lemaire, André. “Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: Are We Prepared to Raze the Edifice?.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 47-48.

Eshel, Esther. “Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: Some Paleographic Success Stories.Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 48-49.

Hurvitz, Avi. “Defusing Pseudo-Scholarship: Philology Recapitulates Paleography.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 1997, 49-50.

Silberman, Neil Asher. “In Search of Solomon’s Lost Treasures.Biblical Archaeology Review, Jul/Aug 1980, 30-41.

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  1. Thirumanivasagam says

    SIR,

    After crossing red sea Exodus they stayed at Sinai mountain.MOSES climbed to the top of the mountain for forty days and got the ten command ments from the LORD .The fxodus freed from Egypt.LORD said unto them that they would not see Egyptians hereafter. Is it possible Sinai mountain in the Egyptian territory As per St Paul it is in ARABIA. any archeological research..

  2. ALBERT says

    The Assyrians deported the Tribe of Naphtali in 735 BCE and Hezekiah came to power in 725 BCE. He knew very well that the Assyrians would attack his kingdom after conquering the kingdom of Israel, and he had 24 years to prepare for this. The Bible is categorically stating that he Hezekiah did the works on the tunnel/conduit to divert the waters: (II Kings 20:20) Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made the pool, and the conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

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