Easton's Bible Dictionary
house of dates.
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.
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 ( Matthew 21:17 ; 26:6 ; Mark 11:11 , 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.
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
the house of song; the house of affliction
Smith's Bible Dictionary
In the Revised Version for BETHABARA, ( John 1:28 ) where
Jesus was baptized by John. It was probably an obscure village near Bethabara,
and in time its name faded out and was replaced by the larger and more important
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(1) A village, 15 furlongs from Jerusalem (John 11:18), on the road to Jericho,
at the Mount of Olives (Mark 11:1 ; Luke 19:29), where lived "Simon the leper"
(Mark 14:3) and Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:18). This village may justifiably
be called the Judean home of Jesus, as He appears to have preferred to lodge there
rather than in Jerusalem itself (Matthew 21:17 ; Mark 11:11). Here occurred the
incident of the raising of Lazarus (John 11) and the feast at the house of Simon
(Matthew 26:1 - 13 ; Mark 14:3 - 9 ; Luke 7:36 - 50 ; John 1:2 - 8). The Ascension
as recorded in Luke 24:50 - 51 is thus described: "He led them out until they
were over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it
came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into
Bethany is today el 'Azareyeh ("the place of Lazarus"--the L being displaced to
form the article). It is a miserably untidy and tumble-down village facing East
on the Southeast slope of the Mount of Olives, upon the carriage road to Jericho.
A fair number of fig, almond and olive trees surround the houses. The traditional
tomb of Lazarus is shown and there are some remains of medieval buildings, besides
rock-cut tombs of much earlier date (PEF, III, 27, Sheet XVII).
(2) "Bethany beyond the Jordan" (John 1:28 ; the King James Version Bethabara;
Bethabara, a reading against the majority of the manuscripts, supported by Origen
on geographical grounds): No such place is known. Grove suggested that the place
intended is \BETH-NIMRAH\ (which see), the modern Tell nimrin, a singularly suitable
place, but hard to fit in with John 1:28; compare John 2:1. The traditional site
is the ford East of Jericho.
E. W. G. Masterman
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