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    Entering the tunnel
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    Gihon spring. The existence of a spring in the Kidron valley supported the first habitation in Jerusalem. It offered a continuous flow of water throughout the year. As the city grew the need for water increased. Solomon built a tunnel making water from the Kidron spring more widely available.
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    Hezekiah 727-698 BC, had a tunnel dug to harness the springs outside the city to provide for the cities needs and deny a water supply to invading armies.
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    The tunnel is 538 meters long. It is possible to walk the tunnel from the spring of Gihon.
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    The place where the Siloam inscription was found. It tells the story of the tunnel. One group began work at Siloam another group at Gihon. The tunnel followed a fault in the rock through which water seeped. It is five hundred meters long and hid the source of the cities water supply from invaders.
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    As those mining the tunnel grew close they could hear the sound of each others axes. This was the point at which they met.
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    Tunnel nearing Siloam
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    The present pool of Siloam is fed through the tunnel of Hezekiah.
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    Jesus told the man blind from birth to “Go wash in the pool of Siloam.” Jn.9:7 The present pool is of much later construction.

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