Bethany (Jn 11:18-11:18)

“Now Bethany

Was near Jerusalem,

About two miles away.”

ἦν δὲ Βηθανία ἐγγὺς τῶν Ἱεροσολύμων ὡς ἀπὸ σταδίων δεκαπέντε.

John uniquely indicated that Bethany (ἦν δὲ Βηθανία) was near Jerusalem (ἐγγὺς τῶν Ἱεροσολύμων), about 15 stadia away (ὡς ἀπὸ σταδίων δεκαπέντε), about two miles away.  A stadium was about 200 yards, based on the standard race track.  Thus, a mile was about 800 stadia.  John wanted to clearly indicate that Bethany was very close to Jerusalem, where Jesus had some problems before.  Are there some places that you try to avoid because of past bad experiences?

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