How to Pronounce Bethphage

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Learn more about Bethphage

Bethphage is a location mentioned in the New Testament, specifically in the context of the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. Its name means "house of unripe figs". Although its exact location is not definitively known today, it was situated near Jerusalem and close to Bethany, another significant biblical location.

Bethphage in the Bible

  • Matthew 21:1 - As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, instructing them to go into the village and bring a donkey and her colt. This event led to Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
  • Mark 11:1 - As they approached Jerusalem, near the towns of Bethphage and Bethany, Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead.
  • Luke 19:29 - As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples ahead.

Significance of Bethphage

Bethphage's primary biblical significance is its association with the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. This event marks the beginning of the Passion Week, leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The act of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey was a fulfillment of the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9, symbolizing the coming of the Messiah as a king of peace.

Historical Context

Historically, Bethphage was a small village located on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. Its proximity to Jerusalem made it a significant location during major Jewish festivals when pilgrims traveled to the temple. Due to its closeness to Bethany, where Jesus performed the resurrection of Lazarus and where Mary and Martha lived, Bethphage is often mentioned in tandem with Bethany in the biblical narrative.


While Bethphage might not be as prominently featured as other biblical locations, its role in the events of Jesus' final days on earth gives it particular importance in understanding the Passion narrative. It serves as a pivotal point from where Jesus, recognized as the Messiah, entered Jerusalem to embrace His destiny.