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Bethesda

Meaning: house of mercy; house of grace

also known as: Bethsaida, Beth-zatha (John 5:2 RKJV marginal note)

Bethsaida” and “Beth-zatha” (John 5:2, Revised King James Version marginal note).

a spring fed reservoir (Greek: kolumbethra, “a swimming bath”) with five porches, close to the sheep-gate or market (Neh. 3:1; John 5:2)

Eusebius the historian (A.D. 330) calls it “the sheep-pool.”

Under these “porches” or colonnades were usually a large number of sick people waiting for the “troubling of the water.”

Article Version: September 1, 2017

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