Bethany is located on the south-eastern slope of The Mount Of Olives (its western slope, as viewed from Jerusalem, is shown in the photo below - Jesus would have walked through this scene many times on His way to Bethany). Jesus Christ often visited the village, so much so that some even refer to it as His Judean home.
Bethany is 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.
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 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 area (Matthew 21:12-13), He returned again to Bethany where He spent the night with The Twelve. (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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