Place Name BETHANY

TYPE: Settlement
USAGE: Biblical
PRONOUNCED: BETH-ə-nee (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From Greek Βηθανια (Bethania), which is of uncertain meaning. The first part of the name is derived from Hebrew/Aramaic בַּיִת (bayit) meaning "house". Suggestions for the second part of the name include עָנָה ('anah) leading to "house of afflication" or תְּאֵנָה (te'enah) leading to "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany is the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Bethania (Biblical Greek), Betania (Biblical Italian), Bethania (Biblical Latin), Betânia (Biblical Portuguese), Betania (Biblical Spanish)
Entry added May 31, 2018