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 as 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 = בית חדתא), a derivative of Bezetha, 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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  • The pool is where Jesus healed the man who could not get himself in the pool when the angel stirred the water. To see this and tie it up to the Bible is amazing  more »
  • Pools of Bethesda: in Jerusalem, these pools were considered miraculous, because, according to the story, occasionally, an angel appeared and there it started the movement of water, the first to go was cured. And so, on a Saturday, the day sacred to Judaism, when Jesus comes to Jerusalem and ask for a man who 38 years ago was: don't you want to be healed? Replied: I don't have a ride to the pool. Jesus says: so, get up and walk. And so the man did. It was one of the causes of persecution of Jesus because Saturday was a holy day for Jews. Adriano 2 century, makes these public pools declared to the God Asclepius.
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  • Located in the Church of St.Anne where the Virgin Mary was born, the Pools of Bethesda is doubly worthwhile for a the setting for another biblical story where Jesus healed the paralysed man. There's n...  more »

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