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Tunnel of Hezekiah

Godís Word says that Hezekiah, the King of Judah, made a pool and a conduit and brought water into the city. It also records that Hezekiah stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. Over the years, skeptics have denounced this account.
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Tunnel of Hezekiah

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GOD SAID, II Kings 20:20:

And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

II Chronicles 32:30:

This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

MAN SAID:  The stories in the Bible are not to be taken as literal, historical accounts. Archaeological research simply does not support it.

Now THE RECORD. Concerning the skeptics’ accusations of the unreliability of the ancient Biblical record, Dr. Nelson Glueck, President of Hebrew Union College and noted as the world’s leading modern Palestinian archaeologist, had this to say: "As a matter of fact, it may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline and exact detail historical statements in the Bible." [End of quote]

Archaeology and paleontology have proven the reliability of the scriptures over and over again even in the most miraculous accounts such as Adam and Eve, the vegetarian state before sin, Noah’s Ark, the Walls of Jericho, and more. (See the hyperlink list of subjects at the end of this article.)

God’s Word says that Hezekiah, the King of Judah, made a pool and a conduit and brought water into the city. It also records that Hezekiah stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. Over the years, skeptics have denounced this account.

The following is a picture caption in The Jerusalem Post: "Research has confirmed the biblical account attributing the building of Jerusalem’s Siloam Tunnel to King Hezekiah." [End of quote]

The following article under the title "King Hezekiah’s Tunnel” was published in The International Jerusalem Post, September 19, 2003:

Radiometric tests conducted on the Siloam Tunnel, an underground aqueduct that served as the main water source for ancient Jerusalem, have confirmed that its construction dates back to about 700 BCE, verifying the biblical account that credits its building to King Hezekiah.The results of the tests, conducted by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Israel Geological Survey, and Reading University in England, were published last week in the scientific journal Nature.

 The Siloam Tunnel, a half-kilometer shaft that runs under the walls of Jerusalem to the Gihon springs in the City of David, is one of the capital’s major archaeological tourist attractions. Its construction has long been credited to Hezekiah, due to a passage in II Kings (20:20) that describes how the biblical ruler "made a pool and a conduit and brought water into the city" when Jerusalem was under siege by the Assyrians. Hezekiah, according to II Chronicles (32:30), "also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David."This account was strengthened by the discovery in 1880 of an inscription inside the tunnel describing its building in a manner that matches the biblical account. But the "Siloam inscription" (today held by the Turkish museum) does not give a specific date or name Hezekiah as its builder, and in recent years some scholars have questioned whether the biblical account was accurate."There have been theories put forth that the tunnel dates back only to the Hellenistic period, about 200 BCE," says Dr. Amos Frumkin of the Hebrew University Geography Department. "However, the carbon-14 tests we carried out on organic material within the plaster of the Siloam Tunnel, and uranium-thorium dating of stalactites found in the tunnel, date it conclusively to Hezekiah’s era, around five centuries earlier."  [End of quote]

(I must note that the reference to carbon-14 dating, which was used to establish the age of Hezekiah’s tunnel, is within carbon-14’s high-reliability range of 3,000 years. See "Carbon Dating and 2 + 2 = 5" on this website. Also, the article notes dates before Christ and has changed the abbreviation of BC which, of course, stands for "Before Christ," to BCE, which stands for "Before Common Era." This is just another example of rebellious acedemia’s effort to remove Jesus Christ from the equation.)

The Biblical historic record once again is confirmed by science.

GOD SAID, II Kings 20:20:

And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

II Chronicles 32:30:

This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

MAN SAID:  The stories in the Bible are not to be taken as literal, historical accounts. Archaeological research simply does not support it.

Now you have THE RECORD.



References:

King James Bible

The International Jerusalem Post, "King Hezekiah’s Tunnel," 9/19/03



Related Subjects:

Adam and Eve

All The World Was Once Vegetarian

Carbon Dating and 2 + 2 = 5

Noah’s Ark — Fact or Fiction?

The Walls of Jericho

 

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