Words of Current Interest

Related to the Lesson-Sermon for May 16, 1976, in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE QUARTERLY Subject: Mortals and Immortals

A pool . . . having five porches (John 5:2)

The pool of Bethesda was probably a reservoir to collect the water of a spring—which may have flowed forth only intermittently and so was believed connected with the activity of an angel (see v. 4). Such pools were popular meeting places; in time of siege they were of crucial importance for the urban populace. This pool, enclosed by five porticoes, is thought by Lightfoot to be identical with Bezetha, spoken of by the Jewish historian Josephus.

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