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BETHANY
a village 2 miles east of Jerusalem
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John 1:28


BETHANY [Easton's Bible Dictionary]

House of dates.
# The Revised Version in John 1:28 has this word instead of Bethabara, on the authority of the oldest manuscripts. It appears to have been the name of a place on the east of Jordan.

# A village on the south-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives (Mark 11:1), about 2 miles east of Jerusalem, on the road to Jericho. It derived its name from the number of palm-trees which grew there. It was the residence of Lazarus and his sisters. It is frequently mentioned in connection with memorable incidents in the life of our Lord (Matthew 21:17; 26:6; Mark 11:11,12; 14:3; Luke 24:50; John 11:1; 12:1). It is now known by the name of el-Azariyeh, i.e., "place of Lazarus," or simply Lazariyeh. See n from a distance, the village has been described as "remarkably beautiful, the perfection of retirement and repose, of seclusion and lovely peace." Now a mean village, containing about twenty families.


BETHANY [Smith's Bible Dictionary]

(house of dates, or house of misery), a village which, scanty as are the notices of it contained in Scripture, is more intimately associated in our minds than perhaps any other place with the most familiar acts and scenes of the last days of the life of Christ.

It was situated "at" the Mount of Olives, (Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29) about fifteen stadia (furlongs, i.e. 1 1/2 or 2 miles) from Jerusalem (John 11:18) on or near the usual road from Jericho to the city, (Luke 19:29) comp. Mark 11:1 comp. Mark 10:46 and close by the west(?) of another village called Bethphage, the two being several times mentioned together.

Bethany was the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus, and is now known by a name derived from Lazarus -- el-Azariyeh or Lazarieh. It lies on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, fully a mile beyond the summit, and not very far from the point at which the road to Jericho begins its more sudden descent towards the Jordan valley.

El-’Azariyeh is a ruinous and wretched village, a wild mountain hamlet of some twenty families.

Bethany has been commonly explained "house of dates," but it more probably signifies "house of misery." H. Dixon, "Holy Land," ii. 214, foll.


Beth’any
In the Revised Version for BETHABARA, (John 1:28) where Jesus was baptized by John. It was probably an obscure village near Bethabara, and in time its name faded out and was replaced by the larger and more important Bethabara.


BETHANY [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

Bethany


BETHANY [Thompson Chain Reference]
    * (a village east of Jerusalem)
    * Matthew 21:17
    * Matthew 26:6
    * Luke 10:38
    * Luke 24:50
    * John 11:18
    * John 12:1 

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