BAR 20:04, Jul/Aug 1994
Jerusalems Underground Water Systems
Siloam Inscription Memorializes Engineering Achievement
Dan Gills new understanding of Jerusalems underground water installations, including Hezekiahs famous tunnel, raises once more the question of the significance of the monumental inscription found in the tunnel recording the meeting of the two teams of tunnelers digging from opposite directions.
This inscription is not the only ancient mention of Hezekiahs tunnel. It is also referred to in two books of the Bible (2 Kings and 2 Chronicles), and in an apocryphal book known as Ecclesiasticus or the Wisdom of Ben Sirach.a
But all three of these literary references reflect a distinctly different viewpoint from the inscription in the tunnel itself.