Richard van der Graaf

CANA CONTENDER. Several other sites have been proposed as New Testament Cana, from Kefar Kenna, 3 miles northeast of Nazareth, to Qana al-Jalil in modern-day Lebanon. The highlight of the Lebanese Cana, identified as the New Testament Cana by fourth-century historian Eusebius and still regarded as the true site today by many Lebanese Christians, is a cave bearing a bas-relief of Jesus and the apostles and other early Christian rock carvings. Galilean Khirbet Cana, however, best fits the geographical descriptions from Byzantine- and Crusader-period guidebooks and texts and has yielded archaeological evidence for its long history as a pilgrimage site.