Fountain Gate:

“The gate of the fountain was repaired by Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors, the locks, and the bars, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king’s garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David. After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Bethzur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty. After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part. After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah. And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury at the turning of the wall. After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.” (Nehemiah 3: 15-20).

Fountain Gate was located in the southeast corner of Jerusalem in the vicinity of the Enrogel spring. Only a few hundred yards from the Dung Gate. The Fountain Gate probably provided access to the Pool of Siloam where the Gihon Spring was channeled.

The Fountain Gate is located between the Dung Gate and the Water Gate in the southeast corner of the City of David. The gate—near the convergence of the Tyropoeon Valley and the Kidron Valley—previously was associated with the “gate between the two walls” (2 Kings 25:4; Jeremiah 39:4; 52:7).

The Fountain Gate is mentioned three times in the Bible in the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah restored the Fountain Gate after the exile in Babylonia with the walls of Jerusalem ca. 445 BC. Nehemiah 2:14 is the first reference and it tells us Nehemiah’s nightly examination of the city walls after arriving in Jerusalem. Nehemiah moves from the Fountain Gate to the King’s Pool, which appears to be outside the ruined city walls. (Bermender. 2012).


Bermender, Jason. (2012). “Fountain Gate,” ed. John D. Barry et al., The Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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Joanne Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She is a graduate of Psychology/Christian and Bible Counseling with Liberty University. She is well-known as a counselor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on historical development of Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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