Experts in Israel discover tunnels that say they could be the place where Jesus turned water into wine

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus changed the water into wine during the Wedding at Cana. It was once thought that this was happening in Kafr Kanna, a city in northern Israel, but archaeologists now believe that the biblical Cana can be a dusty hillside five miles to the north

The mystery has surrounded the site of Jesus' "first miracle" for centuries, but an answer may finally be at hand.

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus changed the water into wine during the Wedding at Cana.

For hundreds of years, pilgrims have believed that the site of the miracle is Kafr Kanna, a city in northern Israel, where they visit the 'Wedding Church & # 39; of the twentieth century.

But the true location was debated for a long time, and now archaeologists believe that the Cana of Biblical times can be a dusty hillside eight kilometers to the north.

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus changed the water into wine during the Wedding at Cana. It was once thought that this was happening in Kafr Kanna, a city in northern Israel, but archaeologists now believe that the biblical Cana can be a dusty hillside five miles to the north

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus changed the water into wine during the Wedding at Cana. It was once thought that this was happening in Kafr Kanna, a city in northern Israel, but archaeologists now believe that the biblical Cana can be a dusty hillside five miles to the north

Archaeologists have discovered several convincing clues in the ancient site of Khirbet Qana, a Jewish village between 323 BC and 324 AD. The outline of a synagogue is represented on the site.

Archaeologists have discovered several convincing clues in the ancient site of Khirbet Qana, a Jewish village between 323 BC and 324 AD. The outline of a synagogue is represented on the site.

Archaeologists have discovered several convincing clues in the ancient site of Khirbet Qana, a Jewish village between 323 BC and 324 AD. The outline of a synagogue is represented on the site.

The excavations there revealed a network of tunnels used for Christian worship, marked with crosses and references to Kyrie Iesou, a Greek phrase meaning Lord Jesus

The excavations there revealed a network of tunnels used for Christian worship, marked with crosses and references to Kyrie Iesou, a Greek phrase meaning Lord Jesus

The excavations there revealed a network of tunnels used for Christian worship, marked with crosses and references to Kyrie Iesou, a Greek phrase meaning Lord Jesus

It is the ancient site of Khirbet Qana, a Jewish village between 323 BC and 324 AD, where archaeologists have discovered a number of convincing clues.

The excavations there revealed a network of tunnels used for Christian worship, marked with crosses and references to Kyrie Iesou, a Greek phrase meaning Lord Jesus.

There was also an altar and a shelf with the remains of a stone vessel, more space for five more. Six stone jars like this contained the wine in the biblical story of the miracle.

Dr. Tom McCollough, who directs the excavations at the site, said there were three other sites with a credible claim to be the Cana of the scriptures.

"But none has the body of evidence that makes such a persuasive case for Khirbet Qana," he said.

Dr. Tom McCollough, who directs excavations at the site, said there were three other sites with a credible claim to be the Cana of scripture, but none have the body of evidence that makes such a persuasive case for Khirbet Qana. In the image: The view of Galilee from Khirbet Qana

Dr. Tom McCollough, who directs excavations at the site, said there were three other sites with a credible claim to be the Cana of scripture, but none have the body of evidence that makes such a persuasive case for Khirbet Qana. In the image: The view of Galilee from Khirbet Qana

Dr. Tom McCollough, who directs excavations at the site, said there were three other sites with a credible claim to be the Cana of scripture, but none have the body of evidence that makes such a persuasive case for Khirbet Qana. In the image: The view of Galilee from Khirbet Qana

Greek inscriptions have been found in the tunnels, including a crucifix and a blessing

Greek inscriptions have been found in the tunnels, including a crucifix and a blessing

Greek inscriptions have been found in the tunnels, including a crucifix and a blessing

Among the artifacts discovered in the tunnel was this faucet with a gold leaf found near an altar

Among the artifacts discovered in the tunnel was this faucet with a gold leaf found near an altar

Among the artifacts discovered in the tunnel was this faucet with a gold leaf found near an altar

"We have discovered a large complex of caves of Christian veneration that was used by Christian pilgrims who came to revere the miracle of water to wine.

"This complex was used at the end of the 5th century or beginning of the 6th century and continued to be used by pilgrims in the Crusader period of the 12th century.

"The pilgrim texts that we have of this period that describe what the pilgrims did and saw when they arrived in Cana of Galilee coincide very closely with what we have exposed as the veneration complex."

As part of his evidence, Dr. McCollough points out the work of the 1st century Jewish historian, Flavius ​​Josephus.

He said: "Their references to Cana are geographically aligned with the location of Khirbet Qana and logically aligned with their movements.

"The reference to Cana in Josephus, the New Testament and in the rabbinic texts would argue that the village was a Jewish village, near the Sea of ​​Galilee and in the region of Lower Galilee.

There was also an altar and a shelf with the remains of a stone vessel, more space for five more. Six stone jars like this contained the wine in the biblical story of the miracle. In the photo: a ceramic piece of the site marked with Hebrew writing

There was also an altar and a shelf with the remains of a stone vessel, more space for five more. Six stone jars like this contained the wine in the biblical story of the miracle. In the photo: a ceramic piece of the site marked with Hebrew writing

There was also an altar and a shelf with the remains of a stone vessel, more space for five more. Six stone jars like this contained the wine in the biblical story of the miracle. In the photo: a ceramic piece of the site marked with Hebrew writing

Dr. McCollough said excavations at the site (pictured) have shown that this was indeed a prosperous Jewish village located at the heart of much of the life and ministry of Jesus. & # 39;

Dr. McCollough said excavations at the site (pictured) have shown that this was indeed a prosperous Jewish village located at the heart of much of the life and ministry of Jesus. & # 39;

Dr. McCollough said excavations at the site (pictured) have shown that this was indeed a prosperous Jewish village located at the heart of much of the life and ministry of Jesus. & # 39;

& # 39; Khirbet Qana meets all these criteria & # 39;

As for the best known site in Kafr Kanna, Dr. McCollough is skeptical. "When the tourists who visit Israel today are taken to Cana, they are taken to Kafr Kanna," he said.

"However, this site was not recognized as a pilgrimage site for those seeking Cana until the 18th century.

"At this point, the Franciscans handled the Christian pilgrimage and facilitated easy passage rather than historical accuracy."

Dr. McCollough believes that the discoveries in Khirbet Qana could even reinforce the case of the historicity of the Gospel of John.

He said: "Our excavations have shown that this was indeed a prosperous Jewish village located at the heart of much of the life and ministry of Jesus.

"For the Gospel of John, Cana is, in some way, the safe place of Jesus or the operational center." It is a place where he and his disciples return when they encounter resistance in Judea.

"I would argue that our excavations justify at least a reconsideration of the historical value of Juan's references to Cana and Jesus."

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