U.S. Consul To Fund Restoration Of Israel’s Ancient Solomon Pools

Solomon’s Pools are three ancient reservoirs located in the West Bank near Bethlehem, which provided water to Jerusalem during the Second Temple Era.

One of Solomon’s pools in the West Bank.

The construction of the pools surrounded by pine trees is attributed to King Solomon who built the pools in the 2nd or 1st century BC.  King Herod completed the second phase of the pool construction to carry water to his fortress at Herodium.

The pools may have been mentioned in the Book of Ecclesiastes 2.6 when King Solomon says, “I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.”

It is believed one of the Solomon pools is mentioned in John 9:1-11, in which Jesus commands a blind man to wash mud from his eyes in the pool of Siloam so he may be healed.

 “and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.” John 9:7

This is fine if the money is kept track of.

Ancient pools that provided water to Jerusalem around the time of Jesus and the Second Temple are to be restored in a $750,000 project funded by the United States, officials said Tuesday.

The three Solomon’s Pools near Bethlehem in the West Bank were built by Herod the Great around 2,000 years ago and were key sources of water for the Second Temple and the city, according to archaeologists.

An aqueduct carried the water from the pools to Jerusalem 21 kilometers away (13 miles).

In the 2,000 years since, they have fallen into disrepair and only two of the three are full with water, with the oldest one in poor condition…

The US Consulate in Jerusalem, which has provided the funds for renovations, hopes to see the pools become part of a major tourism site in the West Bank.

“This project is about more than just protecting history. It is about protecting the lives and livelihoods of the people living here today,” US Consul General Donald Blome said…

The grant comes at a time when US President Donald Trump is trying to convince Palestinian and Israeli leaders to restart stalled peace negotiations. Economic support to the Palestinians has been a key pillar of such attempts.

“(Trump) has made it clear that a necessary element for the achievement of peace would be unlocking the full potential of the Palestinian economy,” Blome added.  TimesofIsrael

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