"And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that
he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, he took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters
of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him. So there was gathered much people together,
who stopped all the fountains and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings
of Assyria come, and find much water?"
"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?"[2 Kings 20.20]
watercourse was a tremendous feat of engineering by any standards. At one time, critics of the Bible said openly
that it was impossible, because of the great difficulty of the project: this was another example, they said, of
the way in which Bible accounts had become exaggerated and then recorded as historical fact. This argument cannot
be used against the Bible today because the watercourse has been discovered.
An Arab boy accidentally fell into the Pool of Siloam and discovered the underwater
opening of the tunnel. Just as the new London Bridge has a commemorative plaque marking its official opening, so
a plaque had been placed on the wall of the tunnel. This inscription is written in the old Hebrew script of the
time of Hezekiah and part of the tablet, which is now in the Istanbul Museum, reads as follows:
‘Now this is the history of the excavations. While the excavators
were still lifting up the pick, each towards his neighbour, and while there were yet three cubits to excavate,
there was heard the voice of one man calling to his neighbour: for there was an excess of rock on the right hand.
And when on the day of excavations the excavators had struck pick against pick, one against another, the waters
floweth from the spring to the Pool, a distance of 1,200 cubits. One hundred cubits was the height of the rock
above the head of the miners’.
We cannot deny the existence of Hezekiah’s watercourse because, as Keller describes,
it is there –
‘a narrow passage about two feet wide and barely 5 feet
high…cut through limestone. It can only be negotiated with rubber boots and a slight stoop. Water knee-deep rushes
to meet you. For about 500 yards the passage winds imperceptibly uphill. It ends at the Virgin’s Fountain, Jerusalem’s
water supply since ancient times. In Biblical days it was called the Fountain of Gihon.’
[The Bible as history – Keller,Hodder & Stoughton.
Lifted from: Bible Archeology, http://www.biblelight.org/arch6.htm
I think it was in high school that I first heard about Hezekiah’s aqueduct, which still stands today.
I’m just privileged that I will be able to preach about one of Judah’s godly kings. ^_^