THE POOL OF BETHESDA.

THE POOL OF BETHESDA.

Rubbish has partially filled up the Scriptural pool of Bethesda within the walls of Jerusalem. It is situated in a deep gorge or valley, not far from the Temple inclosure. The pool, according to the antiquarians, is a gigantic basin which was dug out of the solid rock. It is—or was—nearly 400 feet long, 120 feet wide and over eighty feet deep. It got lost during the Middle Ages, some one, for unknown reasons, having filled it about half-way up. This so changed its physical aspect that the faithful ceased to identify it.

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