The Siloam Inscription

It has been said by critics of the Bible that the records which we have of the reign of King Hezekiah are far too advanced in their description of the civilisation of his times for the period to which they are said to relate, and that the writing would have been more fitting had it been applied to the time of the Babylonian captivity. In particular, a verse occurring in the 25th chapter of Proverbs, which refers to the time of Hezekiah, has been criticised. In this chapter we have some of the proverbs of Solomon referred to, and the first verse describes how they came to be grouped together.

“These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah King of Judah copied out.”

Now to suggest that proverbs were copied out in such profusion in the time of Hezekiah, was in the minds of the critics considerably premature.

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Author: F. E. Mitchell

Keywords: Hezekiah's tunnel, Pool of Siloam

Bible reference(s): 2 Kings 20:20, 2 Chron. 32:2-4, 2 Chron 32:30, Isaiah 22:9

Source: “The Siloam Inscription,” The Testimony, Vol. 4, No. 39, March 1934, pp. 95-7.

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