|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
House of dates.
(1.) The Revised Version in John 1:28 has this word instead of Bethabara, on the authority of the oldest manuscripts. It appears to have been the name of a place on the east of Jordan.
(2.) A village on the south-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives (Mark 11:1), about 2 miles east of Jerusalem, on the road to Jericho. It derived its name from the number of palm-trees which grew there. It was the residence of Lazarus and his sisters. It is frequently mentioned in connection with memorable incidents in the life of our Lord (Matthew 21:17; 26:6; Mark 11:11, 12; 14:3; Luke 24:50; John 11:1; 12:1). It is now known by the name of el-Azariyeh, i.e., "place of Lazarus," or simply Lazariyeh. Seen from a distance, the village has been described as "remarkably beautiful, the perfection of retirement and repose, of seclusion and lovely peace." Now a mean village, containing about twenty families.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(1) A village, 15 furlongs from Jerusalem (John 11:18), on the road to Jericho, at the Mount of Olives (Mark 11:1 Luke 19:29), where lived "Simon the leper" (Mark 14:3) and Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:18 f). This village may justifiably be called the Judean home of Jesus, as He appears to have preferred to lodge there rather than in Jerusalem itself (Matthew 21:17 Mark 11:11). Here occurred the incident of the raising of Lazarus (John 11) and the feast at the house of Simon (Matthew 26:1-13 Mark 14:3-9 Luke 7:36-50 John 1:2:1-8). The Ascension as recorded in Luke 24:50-51 is thus described: "He led them out until they were over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven."
Bethany is today el `Azareyeh ("the place of Lazarus"-the L being displaced to form the article). It is a miserably untidy and tumble-down village facing East on the Southeast slope of the Mount of Olives, upon the carriage road to Jericho. A fair number of fig, almond and olive trees surround the houses. The traditional tomb of Lazarus is shown and there are some remains of medieval buildings, besides rock-cut tombs of much earlier date (PEF, III, 27, Sheet XVII).
(2) "Bethany beyond the Jordan" (John 1:28; the King James Version Bethabara; Bethabara, a reading against the majority of the manuscripts, supported by Origen on geographical grounds): No such place is known. Grove suggested that the place intended is BETH-NIMRAH (which see), the modern Tell nimrin, a singularly suitable place, but hard to fit in with John 1:28; compare John 2:1. The traditional site is the ford East of Jericho.
E. W. G. Masterman
Bethany (13 Occurrences)
Matthew 21:17 He left them, and went out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 11:1 When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 11:11 Jesus entered into the temple in Jerusalem. When he had looked around at everything, it being now evening, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 11:12 The next day, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 14:3 While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster jar of ointment of pure nard-very costly. She broke the jar, and poured it over his head. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 19:29 It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 24:50 He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 1:28 These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
John 1:43 The next day, having decided to leave Bethany and go into Galilee, Jesus found Philip, and invited him to follow Him. (WEY)
John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha. The Acts of the Apostles (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 11:18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 12:1 Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)