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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

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Points of Interest in the Area

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

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