Throughout the years, experts have spent countless amount of time and energy attempting to find out details about the location of Jesus’ first miracle. The Gospel of John records the wedding of Cana account where Jesus turned water into wine.
In the past, religious scholars and archaeologists have settled with the idea that the miracle could have taken place at Kafr Kanna, a town near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.
Now, however, archaeologists have made a major discovery that could place the miracle at a different location. New excavations have unearthed a series of clues which points to the idea that the wedding at Cana took place on a hillside just 5 miles north of Kafr Kanna.
According to reports, experts are now saying that the location was most likely the former site of Khirbet Qana, a Jewish village existing between around 323 BC and AD 324.
In the area, archaeologists have discovered a series of tunnels that were reportedly used for Christian worship. The tunnels are marked with crosses and the Greek phrase “Kyrie Iesou,” translating to “Lord Jesus.”
The experts also noted that in the area there was an altar and shelf with a vessel and enough room for five more. Some are pointing out the similarity with the biblical story where six stone jars were used to hold the wine.
Dr. Tom McCollough, the director of the site’s excavations, said that while other locations have been considered as being the Cana that is talked about in scripture, “none has the ensemble of evidence that makes such a persuasive case for Khirbet Qana.”
He continued, “We have uncovered a large Christian veneration cave complex that was used by Christian pilgrims who came to venerate the water-to-wine miracle. This complex was used at the beginning of the late fifth or early 6th Century and continued to be used by pilgrims into the 12th Century Crusader period.”
Dr. McCollough also noted that the new discovery aligns seamlessly with the work of Flavius Josephus from the first century. Additionally, it would align with the work of religious scholars who have believed that Jesus had a Jewish community that he felt safe with where he would often retreat to. As far as location goes, this new discovery aligns perfectly.
He said, “The reference to Cana in Josephus, the New Testament and in the rabbinic texts would argue the village was a Jewish village, near the Sea of Galilee and in the region of the lower Galilee.”
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