Skeptics Annotated Bible A Response

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#53 - Did Jesus ascend from Bethany or Mount Olivet?

Response by Dave Marr

The skeptic's quandary:

Jesus ascended from Bethany.
"He led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." Luke 24:50-51

Jesus ascended from Mount Olivet.
"And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.... Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet." Acts 1:9, 12

Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. Bethany is near Jerusalem, adjoining the Mount of Olives. The Gospel of Mark illustrates this fact clearly:
“And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethprage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he[Jesus] sendeth forth two of his disciples” Mark 11:1