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by Wayne Blank
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:
Today, Bethany is a small village known as el-Azariyeh, meaning place of Lazarus, or simply Lazariyeh.
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