- a pool in Biblical Jerusalem, believed to have healing powers. John 5:2–4.
- a city in central Maryland; residential suburb of Washington, D.C.
- (lowercase) a chapel.
Examples from the Web for bethesda
One of my most important mentors was a brilliant and eccentric rabbi from Bethesda, Maryland.Fixing a Dysfunctional Family: Congress
November 9, 2014
The first trial will be conducted in 20 healthy, uninfected volunteers at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.Ebola Vaccine Will Do Little for Current Crisis
August 28, 2014
The finding was immediately pounced upon by members of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (of Bethesda, Md.).Thank Anti-Vaxxers for Lyme Disease
April 13, 2014
Transiting through medical facilities in Germany, he checked into Bethesda.Home on the Fourth of July: Two Marines, Two Purple Hearts
John Kael Weston
July 4, 2013
She taught dressmaking, had two children, and moved to Bethesda, Md., when her husband went to work for the World Bank.At U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Anniversary, One Survivor’s Quest Continues
April 29, 2013
I would have it like the porch—not of Bethesda, but of heaven itself.Weighed and Wanting
There was a pool of water, called Bethesda, near the sheep market in the city.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
Wait until my father has taken thee to the Pool of Bethesda!Christmas Light
Ethel Calvert Phillips
This stirring, like that of the pool of Bethesda, may indeed have its virtue.The Sense of Beauty
I called it Bethesda, because I hoped it would be a house of mercy to many souls.George Whitefield
- New Testament a pool in Jerusalem reputed to have healing powers, where a paralysed man was healed by Jesus (John 5:2)
- a chapel of any of certain Nonconformist Christian sects
Word Origin and History for bethesda
1857, name of a pool in Jerusalem (John v:2), from Greek Bethesda, from Aramaic beth hesda "house of mercy," or perhaps "place of flowing water." Popular as a name for religious meeting houses among some Protestant denominations.