Definitions for: Bethlehem


[n] a small town near Jerusalem on the west bank of the Jordan River where Jesus was born



Webster (1913) Definition: Beth"le*hem, n. [Heb. b?th-lekhem house of food;
b?th house + lekhem food, l[=a]kham to eat. Formerly the name
of a hospital for the insane, in London, which had been the
priory of St. Mary of Bethlehem. Cf. Bedlam.]
1. A hospital for lunatics; -- corrupted into bedlam.

2. (Arch.) In the Ethiopic church, a small building attached
to a church edifice, in which the bread for the eucharist
is made. --Audsley.

See Also: Israel, Sion, State of Israel, town, Yisrael, Zion

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