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Church in Bethphage

Bethphage (Aramaic בית פגי, lit. "House of un-ripe figs") or Bethsphage [1] 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 colt, upon which he would ride into Jerusalem. The synoptic gospels mention it [2] as being close to Bethany.[3][4] Bethphage is about 2 km from the modern village of al-Eizariya.

Unknown villagers living there (the owners of the colt according to Luke's Gospel [5]) permitted Jesus' disciples to take the colt away for Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. There is an annual Palm Sunday walk into Jerusalem which begins here.[6]

Eusebius of Caesarea (Onom 58:13) located it on the Mount of Olives.[3] 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. ^ In some manuscripts (Robert E. Picirilli, The Gospel of Mark (Randall 2003 ISBN 978-0-89265500-7), p. 303), but not in critical editions of the New Testament such as Novum Testamentum Graece, the primary source for most New Testament translations (Nestle Aland Novum Testamentum Graece, Mk 1:11).
  2. ^ Matt. 21:1, Mark 11:1, Luke 19:29
  3. ^ a b Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land by Avraham Negev 2005 ISBN 0826485715 page 80
  4. ^ The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700 by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor 2008 ISBN 0199236666 page 150
  5. ^ Luke 19:33
  6. ^ "Bethphage « See The Holy Land". Retrieved 2015-10-18.

Coordinates: 31°46′38″N 35°15′03″E / 31.7772°N 35.2508°E / 31.7772; 35.2508