Abstract

This article explores Jesus' healing of the disabled man at the Pool of Bethesda. This healing is only reported in the Gospel of John, and the location of the healing is described in some detail. After addressing the textual and archaeological challenges in locating the Pool of Bethesda, this article discusses both the tradition of healing associated with this site and the well-known Greco-Roman god of healing, Asclepius. While this healing may serve more than one purpose in John's Gospel, I propose that the location of the healing serves as a challenge to the Gentiles in John's audience: Jesus was more than a god who could heal—he was a God who could provide eternal life.

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