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:

Today, Bethany is a small village known as el-Azariyeh, meaning place of Lazarus, or simply Lazariyeh.

Fact Finder: After His Resurrection, near what place on the Mount of Olives did Jesus' ascension into heaven take place?
Luke 24:50-51

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