Religion: The Pool of Gibeon

About four centuries after David's men beat Saul's at the pool of Gibeon ("And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side, so they fell down together"), Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar rumbled down from the north to pillage.* When he withdrew, after raids in 598 and 587 B.C., the people of Gibeon must have found their city wrecked and the pool contaminated. Apparently they tumbled in boulders from the town's wreckage, then filled the well's broad stone shaft with earth, clay and bits of pottery.

The city and the well were lost to history...

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