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Bethphage (Jewish Palestinian Aramaic בית פגי Bēth Paggē "House of unripe figs") or Bethsphage [1] is a Christian religious site in Israel.

Church in Bethphage
Unripe fig

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 as being close to Bethany.[2][3][4] Bethphage is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the modern village of al-Eizariya.

Unknown villagers living there, the owners of the colt according to Gospel of Luke 19:33, 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.[5]

Eusebius (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, 2000 cubits. There is the Franciscan Church of Bethphage at a likely location.


  1. ^ In some manuscripts (Picirilli, Robert E. (2003). The Gospel of Mark. Randall House Publications. p. 303. ISBN 978-0-89265-500-7.), 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. ^ "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