ISRAEL PHOTOS III  -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL 

WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY

TOWER OF SILOAM AT JERUSALEM
 

Luke 13

 1 Now there were some present at that very season who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
 2 And he answered and said unto them, Think ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they have suffered these things?
 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.
 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them, think ye that they were offenders above all the men that dwell in Jerusalem?
 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.


January 2006  Location of Siloam

According to Josephus, the Roman wall of Jerusalem turned from N-S to E-W above Siloam.  The lower pool connected to a nearby upper pool in the vicinity of the Siloam tunnel was in the photo (above) below the blue arrow.  The Roman wall turned close to the pool, above the pool.  The new third wall built by Herod Agrippa at the north end of the city after Jesus' glorification was 20 cubits high (about 36 feet/11 meters high).  Josephus explained the old wall (the one above Siloam) had 60 towers in its entire length.  The Herodian towers in the NW part of the city where 20 - 30 cubits higher than the top of the old wall with battlements and turrets.  (Josephus War Book V Chapter IV).  The tower of Siloam mentioned in the Gospels may have been much higher than an already high wall as it was described as very formidable not needing any additional walls behind it as the steep slope below it added to its stature.  

A Roman Cubit was 17.5 inches or 444.5 mms. 


January 2006

The Lower City of Roman era Jerusalem was between the Kidron Valley on the right, the Pool of Siloam at the bottom, and the Turkish walls at the top of the photo.  The current walls of Jerusalem were built more than 400 years ago, although the base of one of Herod's towers remained in the modern wall near the Jaffa gate. 

Parable of the Mustard Seed
     A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
     Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
     A Branching Mustard Plant Near the Jordan River/Bethsaida
     Mustard Field March 1999
     Mustard Flowers
Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue

The Fig Tree
     Mt of Olives Fig Tree April 12-13, 2005
     Fig and Pomegranate trees below Siloam in Jerusalem
     Israel Photos II fig tree page
     Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
     Goat Herder
Camels
Ritual Cleansing
Shechem
     The Olive Harvest of Samaria
     Mt. Ebal
     Olive Tree
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
     View from the Vulture Overlook
     Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boats
Kursi
     
Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope near the Lake
Hippos
Feeding the 5,000
     On the Mountain
     Walking on Water

     Ramot-Zelon area
     Alternate location
Mt. Hermon
The Pool(s) of Bethesda in Jerusalem

     Healing Pools
     Southern Pool
     Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
The Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
     Gihon Spring
     Hezekiah's Tunnel
     Overlook of  Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
      Grape Vines at Beth Horan
     Towers

Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Summit
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
     View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
Nazareth
     The Basilica of the Annunciation
Capernaum
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Bethsaida      
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
A Denarius
Casting out a demon
The Road to Jericho
     Old Roman Road
     Wilderness Above Jericho

     Old Jericho
Western Wall
Gethsemane and the Cave of  Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
     Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Tiberias

Solar Power in Israel

Salt of the earth
Chorazin

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