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  3  definitions  found 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Bethesda,  MD  (CDP,  FIPS  7125) 
  Location:  38.98975  N,  77.12030  W 
  Population  (1990):  62936  (28253  housing  units) 
  Area:  38.4  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  20814,  20816 
  Bethesda,  OH  (village,  FIPS  6138) 
  Location:  40.01613  N,  81.07293  W 
  Population  (1990):  1161  (480  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.7  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  43719 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  house  of  mercy,  a  reservoir  (Gr.  kolumbethra  "a  swimming  bath") 
  with  five  porches,  close  to  the  sheep-gate  or  market  (Neh.  3:1; 
  John  5:2).  Eusebius  the  historian  (A.D.  330)  calls  it  "the 
  sheep-pool."  It  is  also  called  Bethsaida"  and  "Beth-zatha" 
  (John  5:2,  R.V.  marg.).  Under  these  porches"  or  colonnades  were 
  usually  a  large  number  of  infirm  people  waiting  for  the 
  "troubling  of  the  water."  It  is  usually  identified  with  the 
  modern  so-called  Fountain  of  the  Virgin,  in  the  valley  of  the 
  Kidron,  and  not  far  from  the  Pool  of  Siloam  (q.v.);  and  also 
  with  the  Birket  Israel,  a  pool  near  the  mouth  of  the  valley 
  which  runs  into  the  Kidron  south  of  "St.  Stephen's  Gate."  Others 
  again  identify  it  with  the  twin  pools  called  the  "Souterrains," 
  under  the  convent  of  the  Sisters  of  Zion,  situated  in  what  must 
  have  been  the  rock-hewn  ditch  between  Bezetha  and  the  fortress 
  of  Antonia.  But  quite  recently  Schick  has  discovered  a  large 
  tank,  as  sketched  here  situated  about  100  feet  north-west  of 
  St  Anne's  Church,  which  is  as  he  contends,  very  probably  the 
  Pool  of  Bethesda.  No  certainty  as  to  its  identification, 
  however,  has  as  yet  been  arrived  at  (See  {FOUNTAIN};  {GIHON}.) 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Bethesda,  house  of  pity  or  mercy