Bethany is located on the south-eastern slope of The Mount Of Olives, about 2 miles / 3 kilometers east of Jerusalem, on the road to Jericho. It got its name, which means house of dates, from the number of palm-trees that grew there. Jesus Christ often visited the village, so much so that some even refer to it as His "Judean home."
Bethany is perhaps best-known from the story of Lazarus (John 11:1-44). Jesus often visited his good friend Lazarus, and his sisters Martha and Mary, at their home in Bethany. Jesus performed the miracle of raising Lazarus back from the dead at a tomb (the "Tomb of Lazarus" in Bethany is shown in the photo) near the village.
Bethany also played a part in a number of other major events in the life of Jesus Christ:
- The Triumphal Entry in which Jesus rode the Donkey into Jerusalem began from Bethphage and Bethany (Mark 11:1-10). Jesus returned that night, along with the Twelve, to Bethany (Mark 11:11)
- The next day, after Jesus overturned the tables of The Money Changers in the Temple (see "My Father's House" and Temples) area (Matthew 21:12-13), He returned again to Bethany where He spent the night with The Twelve Apostles. (Matthew 21:17)
- The incident of Jesus cursing the Fig Tree that had no fruit was at Bethany. (Mark 11:12-14)
- Another well-known event in Bethany was when Jesus was anointed by the lady with a jar of expensive perfume. (Matthew 26:6-13). See A Prophecy To You.
Today, Bethany is a small village known as el-Azariyeh, meaning place of Lazarus, or simply Lazariyeh.
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