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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

zeal; jealousy; possession

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(place of reeds) of Galilee, once Cana in Galilee, a village or town not far from Capernaum, memorable as the scene of Christ's first miracle, (John 2:1,11; 4:46) as well as of a subsequent one, (John 4:46,54) and also as the native place of the apostle Nathanael. (John 21:2) The traditional site is at Kefr-Kenna , a small village about 4 1/2 miles northwest of Nazareth. The rival site is a village situated farther north, about five miles north of Seffurieh (Sepphoris) and nine north of Nazareth.

ATS Bible Dictionary

The birthplace of Nathanael, the city in which our Lord performed his first miracle, and from which he soon after sent a miraculous healing to the nobleman's son at Capernaum, eighteen miles off, John 2:1-11; 4:46-54; 21:2. It was called Cana of Galilee, now Kana-el-Jelil, and lay seven miles north of Nazareth. This is Robinson's view. The commonly received site is nearer Nazareth. Cana is now in ruins.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Reedy, a town of Galilee, near Capernaum. Here our Lord wrought his first miracle, the turning of water into wine (John 2:1-11; 4:46). It is also mentioned as the birth-place of Nathanael (21:2). It is not mentioned in the Old Testament. It has been identified with the modern Kana el-Jelil, also called Khurbet Kana, a place 8 or 9 miles north of Nazareth. Others have identified it with Kefr Kenna, which lies on the direct road to the Sea of Galilee, about 5 miles north-east of Nazareth, and 12 in a direct course from Tiberias. It is called "Cana of Galilee," to distinguish it from Cana of Asher (Joshua 19:28).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ka'-na, (Kana tes Galilaias): This was the scene of Christ's earliest miracle, when, at the marriage feast, He turned water into wine (John 2:1). It was the home of Nathaniel (John 21:2). From Cana, after the marriage, Jesus "went down" to Capernaum (John 2:12), and returned at the request of the centurion (John 4:46, 51). These are the only notices of Cana in Scripture, and from them we learn merely that it was in Galilee, and in the uplands West of the lake. Other villages of the same name are mentioned by Josephus, but probably this one is intended by the Cana where for a time he dwelt (Vita, 16) which he locates in the plain of Asochis (ibid., 41). The Greek kana probably transliterates an old Hebrew qanah, "place of reeds." This ancient name survives in Khirbet Qana, a ruined site with rockhewn tombs, cisterns and a pool, on the northern edge of Sahl el-Battauf, the plain of Asochis. Near by are marshy stretches where reeds still abound: the name therefore is entirely appropriate. The name Qana el-Jelil, the exact Arabic equivalent of Kana tes Galilaias, is also heard among the natives. This, however, may have arisen from the suggested identification with Cana of the Gospel. The position agrees well enough with the Gospel data.

Kefr Kennah, a thriving village about 3 3/4 miles from Nazareth, on the southern edge of Sahl Tor`an, the plain South of the range of that name, through which the road from Nazareth to Tiberias passes, has also many advocates. This identification is accepted by the Greek and Latin churches, which have both built extensively in the village; the Greeks showing stone jars said to have been used in the miracle, and the traditional house of Nathaniel being pointed out. A copious spring of excellent water rises West of the village; and the pomegranates grown here are greatly prized. The change of name, however, from Qana to Kennah-(note the doubled n), is not easy; and there are no reeds in the neighborhood to give the name any appropriateness.

Onom locates Cana in the tribe of Asher toward Great Sidon, probably thinking of Kana, a village about 8 miles South of Tyre. The pilgrims of the Middle Ages seem to be fairly divided as to the two sites. Saewulf (1102), Brocardius (1183), Marinus Sanutus (1321), Breydenbach (1483) and Anselm (1507) favor the northern site; while on the side of Kefr Kennah may be reckoned Paula (383), Willibald (720), Isaac Chelo (1334) and Quaresimus (1616). It seems pretty certain that the Crusaders adopted the identification with Khirbet Kana (Conder, Tent Work, 69). While no absolute decision is possible, on the available evidence probability points to the northern site.

Col. Conder puts in a claim for a third site, that of `Ain Kana on the road from er-Reineh (a village about 1 1/2 mile from Nazareth on the Tiberias road) to Tabor (Tent Work, 81).

W. Ewing

2580. Kana -- Cana, a city in Galilee
... Cana, a city in Galilee. Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration:
Kana Phonetic Spelling: (kan-ah') Short Definition: Cana Definition: Cana, a ...
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3482. Nathanael -- Nathanael (probably the same as Bartholomew)
... Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Nathanael Phonetic Spelling:
(nath-an-ah-ale') Short Definition: Nathanael Definition: Nathanael, of Cana in ...
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The Marriage of Cana
... The Marriage of Cana. ... "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and
manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.". ...
/.../whitefield/selected sermons of george whitefield/the marriage of cana.htm

The Waterpots at Cana
... The Waterpots at Cana. ... Even if it be only a village, like Cana of Galilee, everybody
comes to eat and drink, and the feast lasts on for a week or a fortnight. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 26 1880/the waterpots at cana.htm

... A Chorographical Century. Chapters 81-90 Chapter 90 Cana. We have little
to certify as to the situation of this place: only we learn ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 90 cana.htm

The First Miracle in Cana --The Water Made Wine
... THE FIRST MIRACLE IN CANA"THE WATER MADE WINE. 'This beginning of miracles did Jesus
in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory.'"John 2:11. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture i/the first miracle in canathe.htm

The Second visit to Cana - Cure of the Nobleman's' Son at ...
(Matthew 4:12; Mark 1:14; Luke 4:14, 15; John 4:43-54.) ...
/.../the life and times of jesus the messiah/chapter ix the second visit.htm

The First Sign --The Marriage in Cana.
... V. THE FIRST SIGN"THE MARRIAGE IN CANA. "And the third day there was a
marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was ...
/.../v the first signthe marriage.htm

Lord, who at Cana's Wedding Feast
... No. 150 Lord, Who at Cana's Wedding Feast. HOLY MATRIMONY Lord, Who at
Cana's Wedding Feast. A. Thrupp J. Lewis Browne. Moderato. ...
/.../various/the st gregory hymnal and catholic choir book/no 150 lord who at.htm

The Marriage Feast in Cana of Galilee - the Miracle that is a Sign ...
THE MIRACLE THAT IS A SIGN.'. (John 2:1-12.) At the ...
/.../the life and times of jesus the messiah/chapter iv the marriage feast.htm

The Wedding at Cana
... THE NEW TESTAMENT THE WEDDING AT CANA. Two days later there was a wedding
at Cana in Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. ...
// childrens bible/the wedding at cana.htm

The Second Miracle at Cana.
... Part Fourth. From the First to the Second Passover. (Time: One Year.) XXVIII.
The Second Miracle at Cana. ^D John 4:46-54. ^d 46 ...
/.../mcgarvey/the four-fold gospel/xxviii the second miracle at.htm

Cana (4 Occurrences)
... It is called "Cana of Galilee," to distinguish it from Cana of Asher (Joshua
19:28). Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. CANA, OF GALILEE. ...
/c/cana.htm - 11k

Nathanael (6 Occurrences)
... Given or gift of God, one of our Lord's disciples, "of Cana in Galilee" (John
21:2). He was "an Israelite indeed, in whom was no guile" (1:47, 48). ...
/n/nathanael.htm - 13k

Nobleman (5 Occurrences)
... steward, whose wife was one of those women who "ministered unto the Lord of their
substance" (Luke 8:3). This officer came to Jesus at Cana and besought him to ...
/n/nobleman.htm - 12k

... (Comp. Psalm 119:83.) To some such marriage-feast Jesus and his five disciples were
invited at Cana of Galilee." Geikie's Life of Christ. (see CANA.). ...
/m/marriagefeasts.htm - 8k

Marriage-feasts (6 Occurrences)
... (Comp. Psalm 119:83.) To some such marriage-feast Jesus and his five disciples were
invited at Cana of Galilee." Geikie's Life of Christ. (see CANA.). ...
/m/marriage-feasts.htm - 10k

Bethabara (1 Occurrence)
... Wright observes: "The traditional site is at the ford east of Jericho; but as according
to John 1:29, 35, 43 it was only one day's journey from Cana of Galilee ...
/b/bethabara.htm - 10k

Mary (50 Occurrences)
... She was present at the marriage in Cana. ... 2. Mary at Cana: The first episode which
demands our attention is the wedding at Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11). ...
/m/mary.htm - 72k

Galilee (73 Occurrences)
... His first miracle was wrought at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, and his last, after
his resurrection, on the shore of Galilee's sea. ...CANA, OF GALILEE. ...
/g/galilee.htm - 67k

Camps (33 Occurrences)

/c/camps.htm - 16k

Zabdi (17 Occurrences)
... John 21:2 Simon Peter was with Thomas, called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee,
the sons of Zabdi, and two others of the Master's disciples. (WEY). ...
/z/zabdi.htm - 13k

Why did Jesus choose the wedding at Cana for His first miracle? |

Did Jesus drink wine/alcohol? |

Did Jesus change the water into wine or grape juice? |

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Cana (4 Occurrences)

John 2:1
The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus' mother was there.

John 2:11
This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

John 4:46
Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine. There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.

John 21:2
Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.



Cana: Marriage At

Cana: Nathanael's Home At

Cana: Nobleman's Son Healed At

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