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Bethany (Bethania) is identified with the town of Al-Azariya in the West Bank, on the southeastern slope of the Mount of Olives, and to the east of Jerusalem. The place-name might be derived from Beth Ananiah, a site mentioned in Neh 11:32 and located between Anatoth and Nob to the east of Jerusalem (Murphy-O’Connor, 2013, 86) or from beth ’ani in Hebrew or beth’anya in Aramaic, meaning “house of the poor.” The latter etymology could indicate …

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Schwartz, Joshua, “Bethany”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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