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Biblical site where Jesus healed blind man opens to public for first time in 2,000 years

The Pool of Siloam is located in the southern portion of the City of David and within the area of the Jerusalem Walls National Park

Published: January 2, 2023 9:26am

Updated: January 2, 2023 11:05am

Israel's Pool of Siloam, the biblical site at which Jesus healed a blind man, is being opened to the public for the first time in 2,000 years. 

A coalition of groups – the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation – made the announcement over the New Year's weekend about the site opening, after it was recently excavated. 

"The Pool of Siloam's excavation is highly significant to Christians around the world," American Pastor John Hagee, the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, told Fox News Digital.

"It was at this site that Jesus healed the blind man," he also said, referring to John:9, the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John in the Christian Bible's New Testament. "And it is at this site that, 2,000 years ago, Jewish pilgrims cleansed themselves prior to entering the Second Temple."

The pool is the southern part of the city of David and within the area of the Jerusalem Walls National Park.

Hagee called the pool and Pilgrimage Road, each within the City of David, "among the most inspiring archeological affirmations of the Bible."

"Christians are deeply blessed by the City of David's work and Israel’s enduring commitment to ensuring religious freedom to all who visit and live in the Holy Land, especially Jerusalem – the undivided capital of Israel," he continued. 

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