On a number of occasions Jesus and His followers travelled from Cana of Galilee to Capernaum via an important road that connected the port of Ptolemais to Cana (17 mi.), Cana to Kh. Umm el-Amud (6 mi.), Kh. Umm el-Amud to Magdala (6 mi.) and from there northeast to Capernaum (6 mi.). John 2:11-12 “… signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee … He went down to Capernaum.”
This view is looking due north from Kh. Umm el–Amud. On the left (west) side of the image, in the bright haze, is the Bet Netofa Valley where Cana of Galilee is located. The watershed ridge is visible just left of the center of the image—to the left of the olive grove. The Bet Netofa Valley drains to the west (to the left) while to the right of the olive grove the drainage is east (right) down to the Sea of Galilee to Magdala and the Plain of Genneserat
This image illustrates well this road as it comes—from west to east (left to right) from the Bet Netofa Valley, over the ridge by the olive grove, and begins its descent (east) through the brown fields and green groves to the Sea of Galilee. It may have been here, in the vicinity of Kh. Umm el–Amud—along this road—that the “royal official”—who was traveling from Cana to Capernaum—received word that his son had been healed (John 4:46–54).
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