Healing the paralytic at Bethesda
The Healing of a paralytic at Bethesda is one of the miraculous healings attributed to Jesus in the New Testament. This event occurs only in the Gospel of John, which says that it took place near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem, close to a fountain or a pool called "Bethzatha" in the Novum Testamentum Graece version of the New Testament; the Revised Standard Version used the name "Bethzatha", but other versions have "Bethesda". The place is called "Probatica, or in Hebrew Bethsaida", in the Douai-Rheims translation. John's Gospel account describes how Jesus, visiting Jerusalem for a Jewish feast, encounters one of the disabled people who used to lie here, a man, paralysed for thirty-eight years; some manuscripts of the Gospel include a passage considered by many textual critics to be an interpolation added to the original text, which explained that "an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water. Jesus asks the man; the man explains that he is unable to enter the water when the water is stirred up, because he has no one to help in and others go down ahead of him.
Jesus tells him to walk. The Gospel explains that this healing took place on the Sabbath, the local Jews told the cured man that the Law forbade him to carry his mat on this day, he tells them. They ask him who this healer was but he is unable to tell them because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd. Jesus finds the man in the Temple, tells him not to sin again, so that nothing worse happens to him; the man goes away and tells the Jewish people that it was Jesus who had made him well (John 5:15. The Gospel account explains that the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he was healing on the Sabbath, he responds by saying that "My Father is still working, I am working" (John 5:17. This assertion makes the Jews all the more determined to kill him, because not only is he breaking the Sabbath but he is making himself equal to God by calling God his father. In Acts 3:1-10 a similar healing event is recorded, in which the Apostles Peter and John visit the Temple and heal a disabled person in Jesus' name.
The setting is comparable, in each case a specific location in Jerusalem is named, in each case the fact that the healed person walked away is highlighted. Life of Jesus in the New Testament New Testament places associated with Jesus
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain are two architectural features overlook The Lake in New York City's Central Park. The fountain, with its Angel of the Waters statue, is located in the center of the terrace. Bethesda Terrace's two levels are united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive, they provide passage southward to the Elkan Naumburg bandshell and The Mall at the center of the park. The upper terrace flanks the 72nd Street Cross Drive and the lower terrace provides a podium for viewing the Lake; the mustard-olive colored carved stone is New Brunswick sandstone, with a harder stone for cappings, with granite steps and landings, herringbone pattern paving of Roman brick laid on edge. Bethesda Terrace and Fountain form the northern end of the Central Park Mall, the only formal feature in the park's original blueprint, the Greensward Plan. Construction of the terrace and fountain occurred during the American Civil War. Only two major structures besides the Bethesda Terrace were completed during the Civil War: the Music Stand and the Casino restaurant, both demolished.
By the end of 1861, work on Bethesda Terrace was well underway. The stonework to be installed in the terrace arrived in 1862, the masonry of the fountain was installed by 1863. In 1864, the stonework of Bethesda Terrace was completed except for minor details, the Central Park commission hired a sculptor to design the figures for the Fountain; the upper level of the Terrace was built by 1867, by which time the Fountain's figures were being cast in bronze. The Bethesda Fountain was completed in 1873. Bethesda Terrace became a site for an outdoor luncheon restaurant at the end of the 1960s became a congregating spot for the Hair generation before devolving into a drug-trafficking venue in the 1970s; the fountain, dry for decades, was restored in its initial campaign, in 1980 and 1981, by the Central Park Conservancy as the centerpiece of its plan to renovate Central Park. The Terrace, designed by Calvert Vaux with sculptural decoration by Jacob Wrey Mould, was restored in the following season, its stonework disassembled, deteriorated surfaces removed, restored and reset.
Resodding, 50 new trees, 3,500 shrubs and 3,000 ground cover plants specified by Philip Winslow followed in 1986, most of which, having matured into dense blocks, were removed in 2008, to make way for plants native to the United States. The Minton encaustic tiles of the ceiling of the arcade between the flanking stairs, designed by Mould, were removed in 1987; the tiles sat in storage for more than 20 years until the Conservancy received a private donation for their restoration. The Conservancy embarked on a $7 million restoration effort to return the Minton tiles in 2004. A team of seven conservation technicians cleaned and repaired more than 14,000 original tiles by hand. Only three panels of replica tiles were needed to replace those, damaged beyond repair. For those recreations, the Conservancy decided to commission Maw and Company, Minton's successor in Stoke-on-Trent, England; the tiles were reinstalled in 2007. Following an illustration in an 1891 book by the Superintendent of Planting in Central Park, Vaux's assistant and partner, Samuel Parsons, the lower basin once again has water lilies and papyrus, grown in removable pots.
Bethesda Fountain is the central feature on the lower level of the terrace, constructed between 1859 and 1864, enclosed within two elliptical balustrades. The pool is centered by a fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and unveiled in 1873. Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City; the bronze, eight-foot statue depicts a female winged angel touching down upon the top of the fountain, where water spouts and cascades into an upper basin and into the surrounding pool. It was the only statue in the park called for in the original design. Beneath her are four four-foot cherubs representing Temperance, Purity and Peace. Called the Angel of the Waters, the statue refers to Healing the paralytic at Bethesda, a story from the Gospel of John about an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda, giving it healing powers. In Central Park the referent is the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842, providing the city for the first time with a dependable supply of pure water: thus the angel carries a lily in one hand, representing purity, with the other hand she blesses the water below.
The base of the fountain was designed by the architect of all the original built features of Central Park, Calvert Vaux, with sculptural details, as usual, by Jacob Wrey Mould. In Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted's 1858 Greensward Plan, the terrace at the end of the Mall overlooking the naturalistic landscape of the Lake was called The Water Terrace, but after the unveiling of the angel, its name was changed to Bethesda Terrace; the panels of carving in the abstracted organic style propounded by Owen Jones, a mentor of the sculptor Jacob Wrey Mould are organized by an iconographical program of themes: the Seasons, the Times of Day, the Ages of Mankind. Considerable latitude was offered the carvers executing the work, following Ruskinian principles. History of fountains in the United States Angel of the Waters Fountain at Central Park's Official Website The Bethesda Terrace and Fountain at CentralPark.com the Complete Guide to Central Park Bethesda Fountain at On The Inside
Bethesda, Tennessee is an unincorporated community in rural southeastern Williamson County, Tennessee. According to a 1988 study of Williamson County historical resources, conducted by staff of the Tennessee Historical Commission:Bethesda was formed along Rutherford Creek in the early 1800s as a small community serving the needs of area farms. Several early settlers built frame homes in the area such as the Bond and Steele families; the Bethesda Methodist Church was organized in 1832 and a brick church was constructed in 1844. Of the homes constructed in the Bethesda area the William Steele House is the most notable and unaltered. No historic commercial buildings survive. In the spring of 1861 the Webb Guards company of the Tennessee infantry was raised from the towns of Triune, College Grove and Bethesda; the company was organized as Company D of the 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. The William Steele House is located on Bethesda-Arno Road, 1/2 mile east of Bethesda, it was built in 1850 and was listed on the U.
S. National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Bethesda is the location of Smithson-McCall Farm, listed on the National Register in 2007; the locations in Bethesda include Bethesda Elementary School, Bethesda Market & Deli, the now closed Bethesda High School building, adjacent to the elementary school and now serves as a spot for recreational basketball and baseball. The school's old library is utilized and is the Bethesda Public Library. Bethesda Elementary School
Bethesda Academy is a boys' school and former orphanage located in unincorporated Chatham County, Georgia, in the United States, near Savannah. Its historic building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, it was founded in 1740 as an orphanage by evangelist George Whitefield, in the 18th century on his 500 acre land grant about 10 miles south of Savannah, Georgia in the newly founded colony of Georgia. Whitefield called the orphanage Bethesda, which means "House of Mercy," for he hoped many acts of mercy would take place there. On March 25, 1740, construction began on the orphanage buildings; the main house was two stories high with twenty rooms. Two smaller buildings were built behind the orphanage. Whitefield wanted the orphanage to be a place of strong Calvinist influence with a wholesome atmosphere and strong discipline. Boys were taught trades. Younger children learned spinning and carding, all boys were taught mechanics and agriculture. Whitefield hoped. While the children grew most of the orphanage food, the enterprise was more expensive than anticipated, Whitefield went into debt.
Benjamin Franklin suggested that due to the scarcity of workmen and materials in Georgia, it might be better to move the orphanage and its children to Philadelphia. Whitefield refused to move the orphanage because his contributors donated money for the Georgia project. At his death, Whitefield bequeathed the orphanage and his slaves to the Countess of Huntingdon, a charitable sponsor in England, he asked her to maintain the orphanage under its existing principles, establish a college. However, she was not able to provide the oversight from 3,000 miles away, the orphanage closed. In 1773, fire destroyed the home. Three years the American Revolution stymied plans to add a college. After several administrative changes, a new building and society, the Bethesda Home for Boys was established on the same site. In the early 18th century, slavery had been outlawed in Georgia. In 1749, Whitefield campaigned for its legalization, arguing that the territory would never be prosperous unless farms were able to use slave labor.
He began his fourth visit to America in 1751 advocating slavery, viewing its re-legalization in Georgia as necessary to make his plantation profitable. Through his campaigns and written pleas to the Georgia Trustees, it was re-legalized in 1751. Whitefield purchased slaves to work at Bethesda Orphanage. To help raise money for the orphanage, he employed slaves at his Providence Plantation; when Whitefield died, he bequeathed his slaves to the Countess of Huntingdon. Bethesda has not been an orphanage for many years, but continues to focus on youth in the greater Savannah area. Bethesda is a private boarding and day school for boys in grades 6-12 and, in April 2011, the Bethesda Home for Boys was renamed Bethesda Academy to better reflect their mission and commitment to the education of young men. In 2015, Bethesda kicked off its 275th Anniversary year. Demaray, Donald E. Pulpit Giants. Macartney, Clarence Edward Noble. Six Kings of the American pulpit.. McGraw, James. Great Evangelical Preachers of Yesterday..
Whitefield, George. George Whitefield's Journals.. Robert V. Williams, “George Whitefield’s Bethesda: the Orphanage, the College, the Library” Bethesda Academy website Media related to Bethesda Home for Boys at Wikimedia Commons
Bethsaida is a place mentioned in the New Testament. Historians have suggested that the name is referenced in rabbinic literature under the epithet Ṣaidan. A city east of the Jordan River, it is in a "desert place" the site at which Jesus miraculously fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish, it may be possible to identify this site with the village of Bethsaida in Lower Gaulanitis, which the tetrarch Herod Philip II raised to the rank of a polis in the year 30/31 CE, renamed it "Julias," in honor of Livia, the wife of Augustus. It lay near the place. To this neighborhood, Jesus retired by boat with His disciples to rest a while; the multitude following on foot along the northern shore of the lake would cross the Jordan by the ford at its mouth, used by foot travelers to this day. The "desert" of the narrative is just the barrīyeh of the Arabs, where the animals are driven out for pasture; the "green grass" of Mark 6:39, the "much grass" of John 6:10, point to some place in the plain of el-Baṭeiḥah, on the rich soil of which the grass is green and plentiful, compared to the scanty herbage on the higher slopes.
Pliny the Elder, in his Natural History, places Bethsaida on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. The historian Josephus says that the town of Bethsaida - at that time called Julias, was situated 120 stadia from the lake Semechonitis, not far from the Jordan River as it passes into the middle of the Sea of Galilee. A 6th-century account written by Theodosius the archdeacon describes Bethsaida's location in relation to Capernaum, saying that it was six miles distant from Capernaum; the distance between Bethsaida and Paneas is said to have been 50 miles. The first excavations of the site were conducted in 1987–1989, by the Golan Research Institute. In 2008–2010, in 2014, archaeological excavations of the site were conducted by Rami Arav on behalf of the University of Nebraska, Omaha. According to him, the ruin of et-Tell is said to be Bethsaida, a ruined site on the east side of the Jordan on rising ground, 2 km from the sea; this distance poses a problem, insofar that if it were a "fishing village," it is situated far from the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
In an attempt to rectify the problem, the following hypotheses have been devised: Tectonic rifting has uplifted et-Tell. The water level has dropped from land irrigation. In fact, excavation of Magdala's harbor has proven that the ancient water-level was much higher than it is today; the Jordan River delta has been extended by sedimentation. Recent archaeological excavations at site have revealed fishing gear, including lead weights used for fishing nets, as well as needle for repairing fishing nets, which indicate that most of the city's economy was based on fishing on the Sea of Galilee. Two silver coins from 143 BCE, as well as Slavonic bronze coins, bronze coins from the time of Alexander Jannaeus and one coin from the time of Philip the son of Herod, ruler of the Bashan, were discovered at the site. Et-Tell was inhabited during the Bronze Iron Age; the fortified town there is associated by researchers with the biblical kingdom of Geshur. A group of twenty archaeologists led by Rami Arav have discovered a structure identified as a city gate.
They tentatively identified the city with a name used during the First Temple period. Archaeologists tend to agree that the capital of the kingdom of Geshur was situated at et-Tell, a place inhabited on a lesser scale during the first centuries BCE and CE and sometimes identified with the town of Bethsaida of New Testament fame. Imposing archaeological finds the Stratum V city gate, date to the post-Geshurite 8th century BCE, but there are indications, as of 2016, that the archaeologists are close to locating the 10th-century, that is: Geshurite, city gate as well; the et-Tell site would have been the largest and strongest city to the east of the Jordan Valley during Iron II era. Dissenters suggest two other sites as possible locations for Bethsaida: el-Araj and el-Mesydiah spelled el-Mes‛adīyeh. Both of these sites are located on the present shoreline, but preliminary excavations, including the use of ground penetrating radar revealed only a small number of ruins dating from before the Byzantine period.
Some were inclined to favor el-Mes‛adīyeh which stands on an artificial mound about a mile and a half from the mouth of the Jordan. However, the name is in origin radically different from Bethsaida; the substitution of sīn for ṣād is easy. No trace of the name Bethsaida has been found in the district, but any one of the sites named would meet the requirements. In 2017, archaeologists announced the discovery of a Roman bathhouse at el-Araj, taken as proof that the site was a polis in the Roman period; the bathhouse was located in a layer below the Byzantine layer, with an intervening layer of mud and clay that indicated a break in occupation between 250 and 350 CE. They found what might be the remains of a Byzantine church, matching the description of a traveller in 750 CE. On account of these discoveries, the archaeologists believe that el-Araj is now the most candidate for the location of Bethsaida. Bethsaida is described in Mark 8:22 -- 26 as a town. Jesus led the man outside the town before healing him and asked him not to return to the
Bethesda (Ellicott City, Maryland)
Bethesda is located in Ellicott City, Maryland within Howard County, United States. The home is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Dower House" because a small dower house exists on the property. A "dower" is a widow's share for life of her husband's estate, so a dower house is where a widowed mother would live when her son and his family inherited and moved into the main house; the foundation of the original house was found using ground penetrating radar to the west of the existing structure. The center portion of the existing house is the oldest. Dendrochronology revealed that the large granite section of the house to the west was added in 1841; the east section was added in 1960 by owner John M. DeBoy. While the house looks wide from the street, it is only one room deep. Outbuildings include a smoke house, a carriage house, the stone "Dower House" which may have been built in the early 1830s to serve as a summer kitchen. Bethesda rests on a collection of surveyed properties totaling 1000 acres named "Long Reach", "Chews Resolution Manor", "Search Enlarged", "Search", "Dorsey's Search".
The land grant was given to Maj Edward Dorsey in 1682. When Edward Dorsey died, he willed the land to his nephew, Caleb Dorsey of "Belmont" in Elkridge, Maryland. Caleb gave the land to his daughter, when she married Michael Pue, an Irish doctor, they are the first people known to live on the property, they lived there in 1790 when the newly formed United States of America conducted its first tax assessment. In 1769, the "Bethesda Old Place Farm" home was expanded on the property and run as a tobacco-producing plantation with 26 slave workers. Two successive generations of Pues lived there; the property was struck by a tornado in 1858, stayed in the Pue family until 1859. It was purchased by a sea captain, he had three daughters who never married, they lived in the house until their deaths. The house was owned by Dr. George B. Sybert. By 1943, the property had been subdivided to 237 remaining acres. In 1954, the Columbia Hills Corporation developed the land leaving just 8.3 acres surrounding the house.
By 1965, the land was subdivided down to three acres. Howard Research and Development purchased most of the original Long Reach property between 1963 and 1966 for the development of Columbia. List of Howard County properties in the Maryland Historical Trust Long Reach, Maryland
Bethesda is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro system in Bethesda, Maryland. It is one of the busiest suburban Metro stations, serving on average 9,142 passengers each weekday in 2017; the Purple Line under construction, will terminate at Bethesda, providing rail service to other inner Maryland suburbs such as Silver Spring, College Park, New Carrollton. Located at the center of the area's central business district, Bethesda station lies underneath Wisconsin Avenue at its intersection with Montgomery Avenue. In the direction of Shady Grove, it is the first station wholly within Montgomery County, as Friendship Heights straddles the border between Maryland and Washington, D. C. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Capital Crescent Trail Chevy Chase Bank headquarters Consumer Product Safety Commission Bethesda's Madonna of the Trail monument The station opened on August 25, 1984, its opening coincided with the completion of 6.8 miles of rail northwest of the Van Ness–UDC station and the opening of the Friendship Heights, Medical Center and Tenleytown stations.
It is deep. In October 2014, the replacement of the first of three 106-foot -long entrance escalators at the station began; the escalator site preparation, construction and testing was projected to take 42 weeks to complete. The $8.4 million project was completed on March 22, 2017. The station's construction has been a major boon to the area, with several office buildings being built on and around it. WMATA: Bethesda Station StationMasters Online: Bethesda Station The Schumin Web Transit Center: Bethesda Station Old Georgetown Road entrance from Google Maps Street View