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Pools of Bethesda

pools of bethesdah

The Pools of Bethesda were apperently a public ritual bath complex (like the “Pool of Siloam”  ) which enabled large crowds to immerse and purify before entering the Temple Mount .

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These pools are also known from John 5 as a place where Jesus performed a healing miracle.

Near the 1st century pools is a completly preserved romanesque style church from Crusaders times. 

By mediaval tradition it is placed where Mary, mother of Jesus, was born.

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Chrome-Icon Pools of Bethesda on my “Archaeology of the New Testament Article Series


Points of Interest in the Area

via dolorosa Via Dolorosa
 marys birth place Mary’s Birth Place
 temple mount Temple Mount


An American Student chanting inside “Saint Anne” Church at the Pools of Bethesda