The account of Sennacherib’s siege of Jerusalem is found in 2 Chronicles:

“When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib intended to attack Jerusalem, he planned with his civil and military officers to stop up the water of the springs outside the city; and they helped him. They gathered together a large number of people and stopped up all the springs and the stream which flowed through the land. ‘Why should the kings of Assyria come here and find much water?’ they asked … Hezekiah closed the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them down to the west side of the city of David.” (2 Chronicles 32:2–4, 30)

The account in 2 Kings of Hezekiah’s reign ends with these words:

“The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah, his exploits and how he made the pool [Siloam] and the conduit and brought water into the city are recorded in the Book of Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.” (2 Kings 20:20)


The Recovery of Jerusalem. Captain Charles Wilson and Captain Charles Warren (D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1871) pp. 190–192.



The City of David Archaeological Project is being conducted on behalf of the City of David Society for Archaeological Excavations, Restoration and Preservation of the City of David in Jerusalem. The Society includes members of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Israel Exploration Society, the Jerusalem Foundation, a group of contributors from South Africa led by Mr. Mendel Kaplan, and the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation. Leading the expedition is Yigal Shiloh of the Institute of Archaeology. The project architect is Giora Solar. The senior staff includes Donald Ariel, Alon de Grot, David Terler, Jane Cahill and Yair Shoam. Don Gluck was in charge of the excavation of Warren’s shaft, Area J, 1980. Technical and conservation supervisor is Yigal Vall. The Camp Director is Tamar Shiloh. The photographers are Yitzhak Harari and Zev Radovan. The surveyor is Yael Danieli. The geologist is Dan Gil. This staff has been assisted by students from the Archaeological Institute at Hebrew University and from universities in Europe and the United States. The actual work of excavating is being done by volunteers, including a team from Ambassador College in Pasadena, California led by Professor Richard Page. Important help is also given to us by the Rothschild Foundation and the Municipality of Jerusalem.