Arab house near Khirbet Qana


Village in ancient Galilee identified today with the site of Khirbet Qana nine miles north of Nazareth. Josephus used it as a base while he was fortifying Jotapata [Yodefat] at the beginning of the Jewish revolt. The gospel of John identifies it as the hometown of one of Jesus' disciples [Nathaniel] & the site of Jesus' first "sign."

References: Josephus, Life 86.
                   John 2:1, 11; 4:46; 21:2.

For further recent information about archaeological & historical evidence, see:

  • Rousseau, John J. & Rami Arav. Jesus & His World. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995) pp. 38-39.

Other online resources:

Perspective on the World of Jesus

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