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Siloam Inscription
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[German Version]

a Judahite inscription discovered in 1880 in the Siloam Tunnel (also called Hezekiah’s Tunnel); it describes the construction of the tunnel, which links the Gihon Spring (east of the spur of the so-called City of David; Jerusalem: VIII, 2; with maps) with the Pool of Siloam to the southwest. The inscrip-tion is now in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. The usual association of the inscription with Hezekiah’s defensive measures in 701 bce (cf. 2 Kgs 20:20) has been challenged by issues of hydraulic engineering, city planning, and paleography. Archaeol…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Siloam Inscription”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025538>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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