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Pools of Bethesda, Jerusalem

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The Pool of Bethesda is a pool of water in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, on the path of the Beth Zeta Valley. The fifth chapter of the Gospel of John describes such a pool in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. It is associated with healing. Until the 19th century, there was no evidence outside of John’s Gospel for the existence of this pool; therefore, scholars argued that the gospel was written later, probably by someone without first-hand knowledge of the city of Jerusalem, and that the ‘pool’ had only a metaphorical, rather than historical, significance.In the 19th century, archaeologists discovered the remains of a pool fitting the description in John’s Gospel.NameThe name of the pool is said to be derived from the Hebrew language and/or Aramaic language. beth hesda (בית חסד/חסדא), meaning either house of mercy or house of grace. In both Hebrew and Aramaic the word could also mean 'shame, disgrace'. This dual meaning may have been thought appropriate since the location was seen as a place of disgrace due to the presence of invalids, and a place of grace, due to the granting of healing.Alternative renderings to the name βηθεσδά (Bethesda), appearing in manuscripts of the Gospel of John, include Βηθζαθά (Beth-zatha) and Bethsaida (not to be confused with Bethsaida, a town in Galilee), although the latter is considered to be a metathetical corruption by Biblical scholars.
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  • In my opinion is much more important here that the church next door. Represents one of the key attractions to figure out how to do the city to prosper despite being in the middle of the desert.
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  • אם אתם סקרנים לגבי הברית החדשה והמסורות הנוצריות תגיעו. מתאים גם לחובבי ארכאולוגיה וארכיטקטורה כי רואים שם מתחם ארכאולוגי שלם די קדום ומרשים. מבנה הכנסיה הוא צלבני ומרשים ביופיו. שווה לדבר עם הנזירים ...  more »
  • Not far from the Lion's Gate at the eastern wall of Old Jerusalem there is the pool of Bethesda where Jesus has performed his miracle of Fait by healing a blind men, as it is described by the gospel o...  more »
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  • A tranquil oasis among the touristy business of Jerusalem. Often visiting groups will break into song in the church, filling the whole courtyard with their voices. Located near the Lion Gate, the church is easy to find.
  • Best archaeological site and you could see very old pool that dating back to 2000 years old.
  • The Taj Bethesda necessarily to pass. In the basement of the Church's birthplace of the mother of God. Entrance is 10 NIS. Behind the gateway on the right.
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