Bible Meaning: House of dates (misery)
Strong's Concordance #G963
Bethany is a short distance from Jerusalem, with only the small village of Bethphage between it and the city. It was the home of Jesus' close friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Many times Christ stayed at their house when he ministered in Jerusalem.
The burial area near Bethany is where Christ performed his great miracle of resurrected Lazarus from the tomb after he had been dead for four days (John 11)! It is also from the city that he traveled the short distance to Bethphage, mounted a colt, and made his prophetic triumphal entry into Jerusalem just before his death (Zechariah 9:9, Mark 11).
And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany: and he lodged there.
Matthew 26:6 - 7
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
Mark 11:1, 11 - 12
And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples . . .
And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry.
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious: and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
John 11:1, 18
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha . . . Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off
Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.