Pools of Bethesda
Pools of Bethesda
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Emily M
United States1,328 contributions
Oct 2022
Be sure to spend 10-20 minutes by the pool when visiting the Church of Saint Anne. Worth walking through and reading the placards.
Written 31 December 2022
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,119 contributions
Oct 2022
During our visit to Israel, we learned that a lot of archaeological sites are unclear, but the Pools of Bethesda is one that's believe to be pretty accurate. It's located at the Church of Saint Anne, near the Lion's Gate in the old city. We visited as part of a tour and enjoyed hearing about the references to the pools in the New Testament. The excavations were interesting to look down on as we pondered on what might have occurred right here.
Written 12 November 2022
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,187 contributions
Dec 2019
Within the grounds of the Church of St. Anne in the Muslim Quarter by Lions' Gate & Temple Mount, the Pools of Bethesda is a deeply spiritual & moving site. The location of the healing miracle by Jesus Christ of the paralyzed man, it is easy to see why hospitals have adopted the name of Bethesda for the hope of healing the sick. Soaring arches, colonnades and several pools and ruins can be walked around by the visitor for easy viewing. My adult son was able to touch the water from a metal staircase and viewing platform with the long reach of his arm. Throughout the grounds we witnessed groups praying and reading Scripture, others singing worship song of praise. Don't miss the venerated grounds at this site, where inside under the Church of St. Anne (Mary's Mother), is said to be the birthplace of Mary, here in her parent's home.
Written 29 November 2020
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Carol D
Overland Park, KS1,627 contributions
Feb 2020
Part of Holy Land Tour this included singing in St Anne's church which is located next to the Pools of Bethesda. This is the pool mentioned in John 5, Jesus healing the paralytic man. For me this trip was making what I read in the Bible more "concrete" in my mind.
Written 13 June 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX691 contributions
Jul 2019
On our last visit to the Holy Land we visited The Pools of Bethaisda - the site of one of Our Lord's many miracles. Extensive remains and ruins are still existant at the Pools of Bethaisda proving that they were much more elaborate and extensive than the Gospel passages would indicate (although the Bible was reporting on the miracle and Christ's teaching and was never meant to be a travelog or guidebook to the city of Jerusalem). The ruins show an elaborate, very well designed and developped system of pools and infrastructure.
This is well worth the trip to see.
Written 8 May 2020
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jjcoffman
Parker, CO1,095 contributions
Feb 2020
We usually stop here and listen to a devotional teaching. After of course we sing in St. Anne's. It's a lovely spot to imagine what it was like in Jesus' time.
Written 10 March 2020
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brit933
Solbjerg, Denmark215 contributions
Mar 2020
The map given us when we paid the entrance was really helpful in finding out where the healing of the lame man took place, and this was another place of living Bible stories
Written 8 March 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
Jan 2020
The Pools of Bethesda ruins are adjacent to St Anne’s Church in the Muslim Quarter. Excavations in the 1900’s identified this as the location of one of Jesus’ miracles. John’s Gospel relates the story of the paralyzed man that had waited for 38 years to have someone help him enter the waters which were believed to have healing properties. Jesus saw him and instructed him to stand up and walk, and he was immediately healed. A plaque marks the location. Quite a bit of history is exposed here! A 5th century Basilica was built over an early Roman-era pagan shrine; after the Persians destroyed that, the Crusaders built a small chapel over the Byzantine basilica. Yet another example, so common in the Holy Land, of a new church built on the ruins of another: pagan temple, Byzantine basilica, and Crusader chapel.
Written 6 March 2020
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Barbara R
Erie, PA980 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
From the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus miraculously heals a paralyzed man. It is described in the Bible as being near Sheep Gate. It is associated with the site of a pool in the current Muslim quarter near what is now called the Lion's Gate or St Stephen's Gate and the church of St. Anne, that was excavated in late 19th century. BETHESTA, in Hebrew means "house of mercy"
Definitely worth seeing!
Written 25 January 2020
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Vanessamariappr .
Brasilia, DF230 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
This is beside St. Anne Church. At the entry there is a gate that charges you 10 shekels. We paid but nobody asked us the receipt, I think it’s something that you don’t have to do it, anyway it’s important to support. This is the place where the angel used to move the water of the pool and heal the people. Nowadays there are only ruins and it doesn’t look a pool.
Written 27 December 2019
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