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. For Bethesda and beyond, use our Jerusalem travel planning website to get the most from your Jerusalem vacation.
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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... more »
The excavated areas here are extensive. The most wonderful sound in the world comes from when folks are singing here beside the Pools in the Church of Saint Anne. WOW, wonderful to hear the stories.... more »
I have rated 5 star because the Pool of Bethesda is a very important place to visit! However, please check with a nearby christian tourist advice center in Jerusalem, in other to be directed to the right address. Unfortunately, we relied on the Google Map but it was incorrect when we visited the pool. We were later informed the pool is by the Old City (Muslim Quater) Path of Beth Zetha Valley in Jerusalem Israel.
Just NOT the place! The Bethesda pools are in Old town at St Anne’s church
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