Pool of Bethesda
Today, the Pool of Bethesda is located in the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem. The Pool of Bethesda has upper and lower levels. The two pools were built in two different periods. One was built around King Solomon’s time for the purpose of providing water for the Temple’s sacrificial rites. The other was built about 2 BCE to increase the water supply. Some said it was for ritual baths. When Herod the Great expanded the walls in 1 CE, the pool was included inside the territory of the walls.
The Five Porticoes
The area of the Pool of Bethesda is similar in size to a football field. This is an immense water collection system. According to the historical records, there were five porticoes in this pool. You can still see the remains clearly erected in the area.
The Five Porticoes
According to the Biblical Archeology Society on 10/3/2020, it was said that “When Jesus heals the paralytic in the Gospel of John, the Bethesda Pool is described as having five porticoes—a puzzling feature suggesting an unusual five-sided pool, which most scholars dismissed as an unhistorical literary creation. Yet when this site was excavated, it revealed a rectangular pool with two basins separated by a wall—thus a five-sided pool—and each side had a portico.”
In Roman times, a statue of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing, was erected nearby.
A snake-entwined rod, used as a symbol of healing, led people to worship idol.
Ironically, the idol has mouth but do not speak, eyes but do not see, ears but do not hear, noses but do not smell, hands but do not feel, feet but do not walk, make no sound in their throats (Psalms 115:5). But our living Son of God Jesus healed this paralyzed man by His authority (John 5:1-9).
The View of the depth
Another view to see how deep this pool is.
Water still collects in the lower areas.