A village over a mile east of Jerusalem on the way to Jericho, and SE of the Mount of Olives. Here Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead according to John 11 and was entertained by Simon the Leper (Mark 14: 3). It has been argued that the Dead Sea scrolls contain evidence that Bethany was in fact a leper colony. Jesus spent his last night in the village before riding into Jerusalem (Mark 11: 1–11).