Biblical Archaeology Review 32:5, September/October 2006

Biblical Views: Was the Wedding at Cana Jesus’ Nuptials?

By Ben Witherington III

It was bound to happen. In the wake of the huge success of The Da Vinci Code, both in novel and now in movie form, the sleuths have gotten out their magnifying glasses and have been looking for hard historical or Biblical evidence that Jesus was married. One interesting suggestion is that John 2:1–12 recounts the story of Jesus’ own wedding. After all, his mother, brothers and disciples are all there, and in the end Jesus does the catering himself—by direct miraculous intervention no less—turning Jewish purification water into gallons of Gallo. What should we think about this suggestion?

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