BAR 23:02, Mar/Apr 1997
The Siloam Inscription Aint Hasmonean
The cover story in a recent issue of Biblical Archaeologist, published by the American Schools of Oriental Research, the leading American scholarly society of Biblical archaeologists, makes the startling suggestion that the famous Siloam Inscription, once thought to mark the completion of King Hezekiahs eighth-century B.C.E. tunnel in Jerusalem, was in fact carved in the second century B.C.E.
Because of the importance of this disclosureif correct, it calls into question the date of the tunnel itself, because the inscription was carved in the tunnel wall to commemorate the tunnels completionwe checked with several experts in ancient inscriptions to determine whether the arguments presented in the article were sound. What we learned was equally startling: The authors arguments were, as one scholar told us, off the wall.