Among the most popular of Jesus’ wonders is described in the Gospel of John, where Jesus heals the lame man at the Bethesda Pool (John 5:2-9).
It is not just one of Jesus’ marvels of recuperating to occur at a pool in Jerusalem, be that as it may.
Notwithstanding the Bethesda Pool, the Gospel of John additionally says that Jesus recuperated the visually impaired man at the Siloam Pool.
The Siloam Pool was found in 2005 and was immediately related to the pool referenced in John. The Bethesda Pool, then again, was unearthed in the late nineteenth century, yet it has taken over 100 years for archeologists to precisely distinguish and decipher the site.
The Siloam Pool has been recognized as a mikveh. Is it conceivable that the Bethesda Pool was likewise a mikveh, implying that both of Jesus’ supernatural occurrences were performed at Jewish ceremonial showers?
At the point when Jesus heals the crippled in the Gospel of John, the Bethesda Pool is portrayed as having five porticoes—a baffling component recommending an extraordinary five-sided pool, which most researchers excused as an unhistorical abstract creation.
However, when this site was unearthed, it uncovered a rectangular pool with two bowls isolated by a divider—along these lines a five-sided pool—and each side had a porch.
The Jesus wonder story additionally tells what number of individuals looked for the Bethesda Pool’s healing powers.
The first individual to enter the pool when the waters were worked up would as far as anyone knows be relieved of their illness.
Be that as it may, the lame tells Jesus, he can never get into the water rapidly enough.
So Jesus promptly fixes him, and he can get up and walk.
This anecdote about Jesus’ wonder proposes a long history of healing at the site. Roman restorative showers developed at the Bethesda Pool just a century or two later mirror this proceeded with custom.
At the point when Christians controlled Jerusalem in the Byzantine and Crusader periods, they jumped at the chance to stamp the destinations of Jesus’ marvels and other significant occasions throughout his life, so they included a house of prayer and holy places that currently spread the Bethesda Pool complex.
So why a pool with two bowls? The archeological proof shows that the southern bowl had wide strides with porches, demonstrating that it was in fact a mikveh.
The northern bowl gave a store, or otzer, to constantly recharge and repurify the mikveh with new water streaming south through the dam between them.
Jerusalem’s explorers would rush to the Bethesda Pool and Siloam Pool to sanitize themselves in these open mikva’ot and, now and again, to look for recuperating.
It is presently connected with the site of a pool in the current Muslim Quarter of the city, close to the gate currently called the Lions’ Gate or St. Stephen’s Gate and the Church of St. Anne, that was unearthed in the late nineteenth century