Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed what they believe to be the site where Jesus performed his first miracle. That miracle was turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana as told in the Gospel of St John.
For hundreds of years pilgrims have believed that the site was in a town in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee known as Kafr Kanna. However, biblical archaeologists now believe that the real site of the first miracle was about 5 miles north of that site.
The site now believed to be the place where Jesus performed his first miracle is known as Khirbet Qana which was a Jewish village that existed between 323 BC and 324 AD. At that site excavations have revealed a network of tunnels known to have been used by early Christians for worship. This site is marked by many crosses and inscribed references of the term “Kyrie lesou” which means “Lord Jesus” in Greek. There was also an altar and a shelf with the remains of a stone vessel and room for five more such vessels discovered.
The altar inside the cave system is made of stone and engraved with a cross somewhat similar to that used by the Knight’s Templar. In the biblical account six jars made of stone held the water that Jesus turned into wine during the wedding feast after the crowd ran out of wine. Dr Tom McCullough who heads the excavation says that there are three other possible sites that may be the Cana mentioned in St John’s gospel but that the evidence found thus far at Khirbet Qana is most persuasive than at the other sites. Continue Reading