This evening I found out that the return of the Siloam Inscription to Israel is not going to happen.
During the past 25 years there have been multiple attempts to have this important artifact returned to Israel. With Turkey pushing to have important items repatriated to them, it is disappointing that they are not following through with the news from last week.
Perhaps this is just a delay and it will happen at a later date.
See below for what I wrote last week
This morning when I woke up and checked my Facebook feed I found an interesting news story.
The Siloam inscription is being returned to Israel.
The Siloam inscription was found in Hezekiah’s Tunnel in 1880 by Jacob Eliahu who was a student of Conrad Schick. Later Jacob was adopted by Horatio Spafford.
Spafford of course is best know for writing the hymn It is Well with My Soul. Above is a picture of the original draft of the hymn. It is hanging in the lobby of the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.
The inscription gives details of the construction of the tunnel in Paleo Hebrew script.
Unfortunately when I was there the hall where the inscription is displayed was closed. See: Historic Istanbul
The inscription was sent to the museum in Istanbul as Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire at the time it was found.
There is currently a movement to repatriate historic artifacts to countries where they were found, and I am sure that we will see more headlines like this in the future.
There are two other inscriptions that Israel would like to have repatriated. The Gezer calender and the Temple Warning inscription are also in the museum in Istanbul.