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BETHESDA (i.e. " House of Mercy," Joh...

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 828 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BETHESDA (i.e. " House of Mercy," John v. 2), better perhaps BETHZATHA Gr BETHEAIDA, a pool or public bath in Jerusalem, where miraculous cures were believed to be performed. The following identifications have been suggested: Birket Isra'il, near St Stephen's gate; a large cistern, near St Anne's church; the " Twin Pools," north of the Haram (the ancient Temple area); the Hemmam esh-Shifa', or pool of healing, west of the Haram; the Virgin's fountain, south of the Haram; and the " Pool of Siloam." Which, if any, of these identifications is correct, it is impossible to say.
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