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And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. Bible other translations

“Bethsaida.” That is, Bethsaida Julius, on the eastern side of the lake (the Sea of Galilee). It was not on the shore of the lake, showing that Jesus was still seeking to go to many places around the Galilee and spread the Good News. Philip the tetrarch had enlarged the village of Bethsaida Julius and named it after the daughter of Augustus Caesar. Bethsaida had always been a village even after it was enlarged. Josephus still refers to it as a village, and not a true city (Josephus, Antiquities, XVIII, ii. 1). The fact that Bethsaida has always been a “village” and had only recently been enlarged explains why Mark calls it a “village.”


Commentary for: Mark 8:22