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Bethabara
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bethabara
Bethabara (בֵּית בָּרָה‎, beith barah). Origen’s name for “Bethany beyond the Jordan” where John baptized Jesus (John 1:28; Commentary on John 6.24). It may be identical with Bethbarah (or Beth Barah), the ancient ford of the Jordan of which the men of Ephraim took possession (Judg 7:24), but many scholars
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bethabara
Bethabara. Village where messengers from the Pharisees questioned John the Baptist (Jn 1:28 kjv). Modern translations have “Bethany” instead of Bethabara in accordance with older and more widely distributed Greek manuscripts. John called it Bethany “beyond the Jordan” to distinguish it from the Bethany
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bethabara
Bethabara beth-abʹə-rə [Gk. Bēthabara]. The AV and RV mg for Bethany in Jn. 1:28. The best MSS (p66 א‎ * A B C* W N קּ) have Bethany, obviously the original reading. In his Greek comm. on the Fourth Gospel Origen says: “We were persuaded it must not be read Bethany, but Bethabara.” The only Bethany
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bethabara
BETHABARA* Village where messengers from the Pharisees questioned John the Baptist (Jn 1:28, kjv). Modern translations have “Bethany” instead of Bethabara in accordance with superior manuscript evidence. John called it Bethany “beyond the Jordan” to distinguish it from the Bethany near Jerusalem. See
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bethabara
Bethabara (beth-ab´uh-ruh; Heb., “house of the ford”), where some biblical manuscripts indicate that John was baptizing (John 1:28, kjv; the best manuscripts, however, read “Bethany”). John 1:28 also describes the place of baptizing as “beyond the Jordan” (east of the Jordan), which makes the identification
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bethabara
BETHABARA. A place beyond the Jordan at which John baptized (Jn 1:28). The name survives at the ford called Abarah, 12 miles S of the Sea of Galilee and NE of Bethshean. This is the only place where this name occurs in Palestine. The site is as near to Cana as any point on the Jordan, and within a day’s
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Bethabara
BETHABARA (probably from Heb. bêṯ ‘aḇārâ, ‘house of (the) ford’). This place is read in many Gk. mss at Jn. 1:28 for *‘Bethany beyond Jordan’: hence it is found in av and rv mg. Origen preferred this reading while admitting that the majority of contemporary mss were against him.He gives its etymology
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bethabara
Bethabara (Gk. Bēthabará)A place where John was baptizing E of the Jordan River (e.g., John 1:28 KJV; the Madeba Map places it W of the river). The oldest and most accurate manuscripts, however, indicate the name as Bethany 2.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bethabara
Bethabara [bĕth ăbˊə rə] (Gk. Bēthabara). A place where John was baptizing east of the Jordan river, so rendered by the KJV. The oldest and most accurate manuscripts, however, indicate the name as Bethany (so RSV). See Bethany 2.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Beth-Abara
BETH-ABARA A place on the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized (John 1:28). Eusebius (Onom. 58:18) locates it on the right bank of the river, east of Jericho, and states that in his time many of the brothers tried to bathe there. It is similarly located on the Medaba map: ‘Bethabara, the place where
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Bethabara
Bethabara. Acc. to Jn. 1:28 (AV), the place ‘beyond *Jordan’ where St *John the Baptist baptized, and thus presumably the scene of Christ’s *Baptism. It is possibly the modern ford ‘Abarah’, N. of Beisan; but (1) ‘abarah’ means only ‘crossing’, and (2) many important MSS, followed by the RV, read
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bethabara
Bethab´ara (house of the ford), a place beyond Jordan, in which, according to the Received Text of the New Testament, John was baptizing. John 1:28. If this reading be correct, Bethabara may be identical with Beth-barah (fords of Abârah), the ancient ford of Jordan on the road to Gilead; or, which seems