Aug
2015

Bethphage

Mentioned just three times in the New Testament (Mt. 21:1Mt. 21:1
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21 1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and came unto Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

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; Mk. 11:1Mk. 11:1
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11 1 And when they draw nigh unto Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth two of his disciples,

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; Lk. 19:29Lk. 19:29
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29 And it came to pass, when he drew nigh unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples,

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), “Bethphage” was a village on the Mount of Olives and northwest of Bethany. Bethphage meant “house of unripe figs.”

Jul
2015

Bethsaida

Found only in Mt. 11:21Mt. 11:21
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21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

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; Mk. 6:45; 8:22Mk. 6:45; 8:22
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45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side to Bethsaida, while he himself sendeth the multitude away. 22 And they come unto Bethsaida. And they bring to him a blind man, and beseech him to touch him.

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; Lk. 9:10; 10:13Lk. 9:10; 10:13
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10 And the apostles, when they were returned, declared unto him what things they had done. And he took them, and withdrew apart to a city called Bethsaida. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

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; Jn. 1:44; 12:21Jn. 1:44; 12:21
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44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. 21 these therefore came to Philip, who was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

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, “Bethsaida” meant “house of fishing.”

This village was located on the northeast side of the Sea of Galilee, and it “was elevated to the status of a city by Herod Philip in honor of Caesar Augustus and named Bethsaida Julia after his daughter” (Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, 1:215).  It was also the birthplace of Philip, Peter and Andrew (Jn. 1:44Jn. 1:44
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44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.

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). Some think there was another “Bethsaida” on the west side of the Sea of Galilee.

Jul
2015

Bethleem

Mentioned only in Mt. 2:1, 5, 6, 8, 16Mt. 2:1, 5, 6, 8, 16
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2 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written through the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, Art in no wise least among the princes of Judah: For out of thee shall come forth a governor, Who shall be shepherd of my people Israel. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search out exactly concerning the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word, that I also may come and worship him. 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the Wise-men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had exactly learned of the Wise-men.

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; Lk. 2:4, 15Lk. 2:4, 15
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4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; 15 And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

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; Jn. 7:42Jn. 7:42
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42 Hath not the scripture said that the Christ cometh of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?

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, “Bethleem” (Bethlehem) meant “house of bread.”

This community was located about five miles south of Jerusalem and was Jesus’ birthplace (compare Mic. 5:2Mic. 5:2
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2 But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

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Jul
2015

Bethesda

Found only in Jn. 5:2Jn. 5:2
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2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches.

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, “Bethesda” (“house of compassion”) was a pool in Jerusalem. This pool was surrounded by “five porches.”

Jul
2015

Bethania

Found only in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, “Bethania” (Bethany) was a village located about 2 miles east of Jerusalem (Jn. 11:18Jn. 11:18
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18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off;

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The name “Bethany” meant “house of unripe dates,” and it was home to Mary, Martha and Lazarus.

Jul
2015

Bethabara

Found just once in the New Testament (Jn. 1:28Jn. 1:28
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28 These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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), “Bethabara” is a place where John the Baptist baptized (immersed) people. This name literally meant “house of the ford” and it was located east of the Jordan River.

Jul
2015

Beor

Mentioned just once in the New Testament (2 Pet. 2:152 Pet. 2:15
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15 forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the hire of wrong-doing;

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), “Beor” was the father of Balaam. Of course, Balaam was the man who was asked to curse the nation of Israel (Num. 22:5, 11Num. 22:5, 11
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5 And he sent messengers unto Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the River, to the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me. 11 Behold, the people that is come out of Egypt, it covereth the face of the earth: now, come curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to fight against them, and shall drive them out.

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Jul
2015

Beroiaios

Found only in Acts 20:4Acts 20:4
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4 And there accompanied him as far as Asia, Sopater of Beroea, the son of Pyrrhus; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

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, “Beroiaios” described a “native from Berea.” In Acts 20:4Acts 20:4
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4 And there accompanied him as far as Asia, Sopater of Beroea, the son of Pyrrhus; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

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this term is applied to Sopater, one of Paul’s traveling companions.

Jul
2015

The Greek word “Beroia” (Beroea)

Mentioned just twice in the New Testament (Acts 17:10, 13Acts 17:10, 13
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10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Beroea: who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was proclaimed of Paul at Beroea also, they came thither likewise, stirring up and troubling the multitudes.

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), Beroia (Beroea) was a “city on the Astreus River in Macedonia in which Paul and Silas conducted a successful mission on the ‘second missionary journey’ in connection with their stay in Thessalonica (Acts 17:10, 13Acts 17:10, 13
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10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Beroea: who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was proclaimed of Paul at Beroea also, they came thither likewise, stirring up and troubling the multitudes.

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). According to v. 10 there was a synagogue in Beroea” (Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, 1:213).