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Bethany

[beth-uh-nee] /ˈbɛθ ə ni/
noun
1.
a village in W Jordan, near Jerusalem, at the foot of the Mount of Olives; occupied by Israel since 1967: home of Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary. John 11:1.
2.
a city in central Oklahoma.
3.
a female given name.
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  • Our tent was pitched on the slope of the Mount of Olives, near the Bethany road.

  • The Bethany circle dreamt not then of their impending trial.

    Memories of Bethany John Ross Macduff
  • Is it possible,' thought he, 'that my visit to Bethany should have led to this captivity?'

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • And what was experienced in that lowly Bethany home, may be experienced by us.

    Memories of Bethany John Ross Macduff
  • Are you to think of Bethany and its tear-drops and still go on in sin?

    Memories of Bethany John Ross Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for Bethany

Bethany

/ˈbɛθənɪ/
noun
1.
a village in the West Bank, near Jerusalem at the foot of the Mount of Olives: in the New Testament, the home of Lazarus and the lodging place of Jesus during Holy Week
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Word Origin and History for Bethany

Biblical village, its name in Hebrew or Aramaic is literally "house of poverty," from bet "house of" (construct state of bayit "house") + 'anya "poverty."

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Bethany in the Bible

house of dates. (1.) The Revised Version in John 1:28 has this word instead of Bethabara, on the authority of the oldest manuscripts. It appears to have been the name of a place on the east of Jordan. (2.) A village on the south-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives (Mark 11:1), about 2 miles east of Jerusalem, on the road to Jericho. It derived its name from the number of palm-trees which grew there. It was the residence of Lazarus and his sisters. It is frequently mentioned in connection with memorable incidents in the life of our Lord (Matt. 21:17; 26:6; Mark 11:11, 12; 14:3; Luke 24:50; John 11:1; 12:1). It is now known by the name of el-Azariyeh, i.e., "place of Lazarus," or simply Lazariyeh. Seen from a distance, the village has been described as "remarkably beautiful, the perfection of retirement and repose, of seclusion and lovely peace." Now a mean village, containing about twenty families.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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