Where did Jesus’ first miracle really take place?

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The actual location of Cana of Galilee is anything but certain.

Cana is known for being the scene of Jesus’ first miracle, the changing of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2, 1-11). Some commentators claim the wedding might have possibly been that of a close relative of Jesus’ mother. As they ran out of wine, Mary turned to her Son to avoid any potential embarrassment. The Gospel says Jesus replied asking his mother “what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” But Mary persisted and Jesus turned six jars holding more than 550 liters of water (the equivalent of approximately 730 bottles) into fine wine.

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Another miracle (his second public miracle in the region of Galilee, in fact) also took place in Cana: the remote healing of a royal official’s son who was 32 kilometers away, in Capernaum (John 4, 43-54). The second time Jesus visited Cana, he was met by a distressed official of the court of Herod Antipas. The official lived at Capernaum, and had come to plead for his son, who was dying. “Go; your son will live,” Jesus told the official.

Whereas Kefer-Kenna (also known as Kefr Kana and Kfar-Cana) has traditionally been considered the place in which the miracle of the wine took place (at least since 1641, when the Franciscans established themselves there relying on the testimonies of early pilgrims including St. Jerome himself), the truth is the actual location of Cana is uncertain. As it often happens with biblical locations, five different places claim to be the biblical Cana: the village of Qana, in Lebanon, 18 miles from Tyre; Kfar-Cana, in Israel, 7 kilometers northeast of Nazareth; Khirbet Kana, also in Israel, visited by pilgrims since the 12th century; Karm er-Rasm, in Israel,...
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