Bethel means "house of God". In central Palestine....Abraham, Jacob, Samuel, Saul, David are all connected w/this city. It is the town where Jacob wrestled with the angels & erected a pillar of loyalty to God.
Located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, the Pool of Bethesda is where Jesus healed a paralyzed man according to the Gospel of John. The name Bethesda means either House of Mercy or House of Grace. The pool was a gathering place for the blind, sick and crippled during biblical times. It was understood at the time that when an angel stirred the waters, the first person into the water would be healed.