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Headword: *bhqani/a
Adler number: beta,252
Translated headword: Bethany
Vetting Status: high
A city of Palestine; but [1] what John the evangelist says, "these events took place in Bethany," is written erroneously. For Bethany is on the near side of the Jordan; but Bethabara, "where John was baptizing," is "beyond the Jordan." So it should rightly be written thus: "these events took place in Bethabara," but not in Bethany.
Greek Original:
*bhqani/a: po/lis *palaisti/nhs: o(\ de\ le/gei o( eu)aggelisth\s *)iwa/nnhs, o(/ti tau=ta e)n *bhqani/a| e)ge/neto, e)sfalme/nws ge/graptai. h( ga\r *bhqani/a e)/nqen e)sti\ tou= *)iorda/nou: h( de\ *bhqabara\, o(/pou h)=n *)iwa/nnhs bapti/zwn, pe/ran e)sti\ tou= *)iorda/nou. grapte/on ou)=n o)rqw=s ou(/tws: o(/ti tau=ta e)n *bhqabara=| e)ge/neto: a)ll' ou)k e)n *bhqani/a|.
[1] cf. Theophylact of Ochrid (PG 123, 1172a-b) on John 1.28: "This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing." The issue is discussed by Origen in his Commentaries on the Gospel of John 6.40.
Keywords: Christianity; geography; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 August 2000@00:13:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 16 August 2001@04:21:55.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweak) on 28 May 2012@05:56:44.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 31 May 2012@01:11:03.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 15 February 2016@01:18:07.


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