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Bethany is a small village on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives, 3.2 km from Jerusalem.

Bethany became popular because of the following events in Biblical times:
1. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus lived there. Jesus raised Lazarus on the fourth day after his burial here (Jn 11:1-44).
2. A woman anointed Jesus with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil while Jesus was dining at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper (Mt 26:6-13; Mk 14:3-9).
3. The triumphant entry of Jesus to the Temple started from “Bethphage and Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives” (Lk 19:29).
4. After cleansing the Temple, Jesus “went out of the city to Bethany, and there he spent the night” (Mt 21:17).
5. Jesus bid farewell to his disciples and ascended to heaven from Bethany (Lk 24:50-51).
6. During the ascension, two men dressed in white garments appeared to the apostles, and told them that Jesus “will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven” (Acts 1:11). So, the expectation is that the second coming of Christ will be in the same place.


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