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Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

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Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

Just wondering if the Biblical city of Bethany (in Spanish the translation is Betania) exist today? Maybe with a different name today?

In Biblical times, it appears it was just outside of Jerusalem, I'm referring to the town where Lazarus, Mary and Martha lived? I have not heard the name Bethany before, just wondering if it might have another name today?

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1. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

Look at the "Location" section in this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethany_(biblical_village)

Brownsville, Texas
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2. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

Thank you PRSV.

Gippsland, Australia
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3. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

There is a page here with a few more photos:

sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-bet…

It isn't a place that is easily visited because although it is close, it is in A Palestinian area and it is complicated for an independent traveller to go there. Not many tours go there either. A visit there would need to be with a Palestinian guide rather than with a Jewish guide.

Edited: 12 October 2014, 15:04
Haifa, Israel
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4. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

The Palestinian name for Bethany is Eizariyya. If you want to visit there is a regular bus service from the bus station on Sultan Suleiman street (leave the Old City by the Damascus gate, cross the road, turn right, the bus station is about 100 metres down the road). Ask the driver where to get off the bus.

Cincinnati, Ohio
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5. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

I think a key question for those who know the area -- is there anything there for Jimmy to see?

Jimmy, just remember you are going to a modern country with a lot of development around or over sites that were once mentioned in the Bible, so things are often not at all going to look like you pictured them. The sites remain significant if they are in your heart, but some visitors are disappointed for that reason.

Douglas Duckett

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6. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

Point of information - the name of the town is El-Azariya - which comes from the name Lazarus.

There is not much to see there and it is complicated to get there - not saying not to go, but maybe not on a first trip.

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7. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

I have a couple pictures of Bethany in the end of this bogs post:

fpeb.blogspot.com/2008/11/dead-sea-area.html

Brownsville, Texas
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8. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

Thank you all. This site is not on our itinerary. I'm just asking out of curiousity.

Brownsville, Texas
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9. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

Great pictures Pastor Al S. Thanks.

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10. Re: Is there a city called Bethany found today in Israel?

There is a beautiful, peaceful church in Azariya built over the traditional site of Lazarus' tomb. It used to be more a tourist spot but is now cut off from Jerusalem by the wall. Still a special place.