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KANAH, Cana (Heb. קָנָה).

(1) City in the territory of Asher (Josh. 19:28), mentioned in Egyptian lists of cities conquered by Seti I and Thutmosis III (no. 26); now Kanah, 6 miles (10 km.) southeast of Tyre.

(2) Town in Galilee captured by Tiglath-Pileser III in 732 B.C.E. According to John 2, a marriage feast at Cana was the scene of Jesus' miracle of changing water into wine; there also he performed a miracle of healing (John 4:46ff.). Josephus made it his headquarters early in 67 C.E. during the Jewish War (Life, 86). After the destruction of the Temple, Kanah was settled by priests of the Eliashib family. Identified since the Middle Ages with Kafr Kannā, the site is now more likely placed at Khirbat Kannā, 5 miles (8 km.) north of Sepphoris.

(3) River separating the territories of Manasseh and Ephraim (Josh. 17:9); now Wadi Kannā, a tributary of the Yarkon.


G.H. Dalman, Sacred Sites and Ways (1934), 113; Press, Ereẓ, S.V.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.