A sub-headline in The Times of Israel here about tell the whole story.
US Consulate funds $750,000 restoration of 2,000-year-old Solomon’s Pools near Bethlehem with hopes of making it a tourist site.
These pools have nothing to do with Solomon, but much to do with Jerusalem’s water supply in New Testament times. I recommend you read my earlier post about this here. I am re-posting some photos of the three pools that I made in 2014.
The middle pool is shown here with a view to the northwest. You can see the higher hills in the break between the trees.
The third pool (easternmost) is shown below with a view toward the west.
In the previous article I have several links to more detailed information about these pools and the aqueduct system that carried the water to Jerusalem.
In the earliest days of my tours we were able to visit Solomon’s Pools as we traveled between Bethlehem and Hebron. In recent years it has been more difficult to visit the pools, and we have pointed out before that they are in need of restoration.
Looking forward to the completion of this project that I am helping pay for (if you get my drift).
HT: ABR Newsletter, @go2Carl, Bible Places Blog.
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