10 Facts About Bethany


Bethany or what is locally known as Al-Eizariya or al-Azariya, is a Palestinian town in the West Bank.

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The name al-Eizariya refers to the New Testament figure Lazarus of Bethany, who according to the Gospel of John, was raised from the dead by Jesus.

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Root meaning and origin of the name Bethany has been the subject of much scholarship and debate.

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For example, E Nestle's Philologica Sacra suggests that Bethany is derived from the personal name Anaiah, while others have suggested it is a shortened version of Ananiah, a village of Bethel mentioned in the Book of Nehemiah.

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Bethany is recorded in the New Testament as a small village in Judaea, the home of the siblings Mary of Bethany, Martha, and Lazarus, as well as that of Simon the Leper.

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Bethany described the village as being "well-peopled", with the inhabitants being saracen.

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Since the Six-Day War in 1967, Bethany has been occupied by Israel, and lands to the east of the village were declared a closed military zone, cutting farmers off from the lentils and wheat crops they cultivated on the hilltops where Maaleh Adumim was later established.

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Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany is a traditional pilgrimage destination.

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Capper and others have concluded that ancient Bethany was the site of an almshouse for the poor and a place of care for the sick.

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Bethany was the last station on their route to Jerusalem after crossing the river and taking the road through Jericho up into the highlands.

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