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Church in Bethphage

Bethphage (Aramaic בית פגי, lit. "House of un-ripe figs") is a Christian religious site in Israel.

Bethphage is mentioned in the New Testament as the place in ancient Israel from which Jesus sent his disciples to find a donkey and a colt upon which he would ride into Jerusalem. Gospel of Matthew 21:1; Gospel of Mark 11:1; Gospel of Luke 19:29 mention it as close to Bethany.[1][2]

Eusebius of Caesarea (Onom 58:13) located it on the Mount of Olives.[1] It was likely on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho and the limit of a Sabbath-day's journey from Jerusalem, that is, 2,000 cubits. There is the Franciscan Church of Bethphage at a likely location.


  1. ^ a b Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land by Avraham Negev 2005 ISBN 0826485715 page 80
  2. ^ The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700 by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor 2008 ISBN 0199236666 page 150