‘Siloam’ (Hebrew for ‘sent’)
is the name of a pool that provided water for the
ancient city of Jerusalem. It is cited in John’s
Gospel, Chapter 9:7 in the story of Jesus’ encounter
with a man who was blind from birth. Jesus
sent him to wash his face in the pool of Siloam and
his sight was restored. It was an experience that
both challenged prevailing cultural mindsets and
liberated this human being.
In 2004 archaeologists began to uncover a 1st century
pool they believe may be the site of the Pool of
Siloam in this narrative.
There is also an ancient stone, known as the Siloam
Inscription, found near the entrance to a tunnel
thought to connect an older pool of Siloam to the
Gihon Spring. There is speculation the tunnel
may have been constructed in the 7th century B.C.E.
to ensure the city’s water supply if it came
under siege. However the date remains open
to further speculation.
The inscription, whose fragments are now housed
in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, Turkey,
tells how two teams of stonecutters using picks worked
from opposite ends of the tunnel. As they neared
the meeting point they began to call to each other
through the rock until they broke through, and the
It is our hope that the name ‘Siloam’,
as reflected in these contexts, points to something
at the heart of what Siloam Centre is about: the restoration
of psychological health, spiritual (in)sight and a
supported journey to connect with the truth of one’s
own experience so that life may flow.