Bethany
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Bethany
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 resurrecting 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).


Important verses

Matthew 21:12, 16 - 17
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them (chief priests and scribes), Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany: and he lodged there.

Location of Bethany in Ancient Israel Map

Matthew 26:6 - 8
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.

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Mark 11:1, 11
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.

Luke 19:29
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,

Luke 24:50 - 52
And he (Jesus) led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy . . .

John 11:1, 3
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha . . .

Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

John 12:1
Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

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