Bethphage Church Holy Land
Bethphage Church Holy Land of Israel -Jesus Enters Jerusalem:
Bethphage Church is referred to the place where Jesus of Nazareth entered Jerusalem riding a white donkey. Bethphage Church is believed to have been located on the Mount of Olives on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho (close to Bethany). Bethphage is one of the most important sacred places for worldwide Christians and pilgrims.
The origin of Bethphage name:
Bethphage in Hebrew = בית פגי = The House of unripe figs. The origin of the name is in place were people grew figs for living in today’s Mount of Olive area.
Bethphage Church is not widely known among Israelis as Holy Land Christians sacred site, but attracts thousands of Christian Pilgrims each year as it represents the entrance of Jesus on a white donkey into Jerusalem one week before his crucifixion. There are two Churches (Catholic & Orthodox) located one next to another.
Bethphage is the Holy Bible and Gospel Scriptures:
The early divine entrance into Jerusalem via Mount of Olives referred to Zechariah 9:
“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9)
The Gospels and scriptures teach us that while Jesus came to Jerusalem via Jericho, he faced a warm welcome by a crowd of cheering flock. This vivid picture is beautifully presented and the Bethphage church walls.
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” (Matthew 21:1-3)
“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted” (Matthew 21:6)
The Bethphage Church was founded during the 19th century upon the ruins of ancient Churches. The Church has a clear Byzantine style unlike the Orthodox Greek standing next to it with red-tiled roof.
Bethphage Church Map and Jerusalem area:
This Bethphage Map presents the Area of Jerusalem and Mount of Olives with other sacred Christian Holy Land sites.