Contrary to earlier report, Turkey not returning Siloam inscription

A couple days ago, an Israeli news source quoted an Israeli official that Turkey had agreed to send the Siloam inscription to Israel as a result of diplomatic negotiations. Turkey has since responded that the Siloam incsription will not be returning to Jerusalem after all.

Maybe someone just got excited too early, or perhaps a higher-up nixed the proposal. In any case, this is not the first time the attempt has been made. Nor, undoubtedly, will it be the last.

One can see a replica of the inscription in Israel. If you want to see the original 8th century BC Siioam inscription with your own eyes, you must visit Istanbul’s archaeological museum.

The original Siloam inscription from Hezekiah’s tunnel on display in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. (Wikipedia Commons)

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads popular study tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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