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In the Bible, it does not specify the amount of time between the threat of attack and the siege itself, but Assyrian records shed light on the matter.
(In the Bible History Daily web-exclusive discussion Regarding Recent Suggestions Redating the Siloam Tunnel, leading archaeologists Aren Maeir and Jeffrey Chadwick propose that Hezekiah had ample time to construct the tunnel during the revolt against Assyria.) The final argument hinges on the relationship of the various channels of the water system in Jerusalem.
In Jerusalem, tunnels—numerous and crisscrossing—of the water system are difficult to keep straight, but through their excavations in the subterranean levels of the City of David, Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron have mapped out the Jerusalem tunnels.
The Siloam, or Hezekiah’s, Tunnel connects to the Gihon Spring via Tunnel VI.
Based on the type of rock in Jerusalem tunnels, geologists Amihai Sneh, Eyal Shalev and Ram Weinberger contend that Hezekiah’s Tunnel could have been hewn in no less than four years.
Did Hezekiah have time to dig the tunnel before the arrival of Sennacherib?
is the definitive book on the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem.
Helmut Koester proposed that Matthew and Luke used the first version of Mark (p Mk), which was revised into Secret Mark (d Mk), which in turn was edited to form the extant Mark (Koester 1983). Koester, "History and Development of Mark's Gospel (From Mark to (Macon, Ga.: Mercer UP, 1983): 35-57.
While most scholars attribute the Siloam Inscription to the Iron Age II, John Rogerson and Philip Davies argue that it is actually Hasmonean, which raises the question: Which period is a better fit for the Siloam Inscription?
As described in the Siloam Inscription, Hezekiah’s Tunnel was dug by two teams, who worked in opposite directions and met in the middle, to prepare for the invasion of Sennacherib.
Reich and Shukron believe that the starting point of Hezekiah’s Tunnel was in Tunnel IV. According to the rules of deposition, Tunnel IV and Hezekiah’s Tunnel had to predate this house since debris underneath the house were used to block Tunnel IV.
A house built on top of rubble fill, which blocked the entrance to Tunnel IV, was found in the Round Chamber. (Iron Age IIa)—which predates the time of Hezekiah by nearly a hundred years. Additionally, if the two channels had not been dug, water would have continued to flow into the Rock-cut Pool, and the house would have been underwater. Is Jehoash actually responsible for “Hezekiah’s” Tunnel?
Hezekiah’s Tunnel, part of Jerusalem’s water system, is located under the City of David.