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The village (κώμη/kōmē, Jos. Vita LXIV, 206) of Κανά (τῆς Γαλιλαίας)/Kaná (tēs Galilaías; from Heb. קָנֶה/qāneh, “reed”?) is to be identified with the site of Ḫirbet Qana and lies on the northern slope of the Bet Netofa Valley. According to Josh 19:28, Cana belonged to the tribe of Asher (Tribes of Israel). The New Testament mentions it only in John 2:1, 11; 4:46; 21:2, while Jewish sources locate the priestly family of Eliashib in Cana. Excavations have uncovered the remains of a small Hellenistic-Roman settlement as well as trac…

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Zangenberg, Jürgen, “Cana”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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