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John 2:1 "And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him."

The Epiphany is a feast of the Christian calender celebrated on January 6. The word comes from the Greek and means "manifestation," "appearance," or "revelation." The observance originated in the Eastern church, and at first celebrated the total revelation of God in Christ. Later it focused upon two events of Jesus' ministry, his baptism (Mark 1:9-11) and the changing of the water into wine at Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-12). Interestingly, a similar festival of Dionysus, the wine god, was kept on this day in the Aegean Islands and Anatolia. When the observance of January 6 spread to the West, it became associated with the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12), an event that in the West originally formed part of the Christmas observance (Grollier).

The date the Church celebrates the feast of the miracle of Cana is 6 January, the feast of the Epiphany. Epiphania means "appearance" in Greek and refers to the revelation of the Lord's power. In pagan antiquity 6 January was the day celebrating the revelation of a different divine power and wine miracles performed by a different god: It was the feast of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine: In fact the motif of the story, the transformation of water into wine, is a typical motif of the Dionysus legend, in which this miracle serves to highlight the god's epiphany. And hence it is timed to coincide with the date of the feast of Dionysus, from January 5 th to 6 th. In the ancient Church this affinity was still understood, when . the 6 th of January was taken to be the day that the marriage feast was celebrated at Cana. . Plainly put, in the legend of the marriage at Cana Jesus reveals his divine power in the same way that stories had told of the Greek god Dionysus (Ranke-Heinmann 1992 81).

The 6th of January became for Christians the feast of the power revelation (epiphany) of their God, thereby displacing the feast of Dionysus's epiphany. As Bultmann says, "No doubt the story [of the marriage feast at Cana] has been borrowed from pagan legends and transferred to Jesus". On his feast day, Dionysus made empty jars fill up with wine in his temple in Elis; and on the island of Andros, wine flowed instead of water from a spring or in his temple. Accordingly, the true miracle of the marriage feast at Cana would not be the transformation by Jesus of water into wine, but the transformation of Jesus into a sort of Christian wine god (Ranke-Heinmann 1992 81). In fact the 'water into wine' is also stated to be one of the first of the many bizarre miracles of Dionysus (Briffault 3 130).
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Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 627 ananda 23-Feb-04 02:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 226 Milo 23-Feb-04 04:18
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 191 ananda 23-Feb-04 04:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 158 Milo 23-Feb-04 05:12
Mod Comment to you two 156 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 14:42
Re: Mod Comment to you two 161 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:00
Fallen Angels & Co. 171 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:09
Re: Fallen Angels & Co. 186 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:18
Yes .. ups.. sorry..n/t 176 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:27
it's me - lol 208 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:19
Re: it's me - lol 201 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:21
No probs n/t 206 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:30
Re: Divine Beings 195 Nebankh 23-Feb-04 16:47
Re: Divine Beings 188 Milo 23-Feb-04 17:17
Divine Agreement to Differ 196 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Divine Agreement to Differ 213 Milo 23-Feb-04 18:22
Believers and Researchers 224 Nejc 23-Feb-04 18:48
I am not a blind believer but a researcher 204 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:01
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 214 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:15
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 190 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:19
Oh. Thanks for this one :) n/t 204 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:22
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 159 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:21
On the other hand... 224 Nejc 23-Feb-04 20:21
Re: On the other hand... 193 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:39
Re: Divine Beings 238 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:00
Re: Divine Beings 168 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:09
Re: Divine Beings 236 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:24
Re: Divine Beings 174 David L 23-Feb-04 22:42
Is there another site for serious discussion? 222 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 23:09
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 194 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 18:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 184 Milo 24-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 169 David L 25-Feb-04 01:48
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 166 Milo 25-Feb-04 02:14
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 171 David L 25-Feb-04 03:03
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 166 Milo 25-Feb-04 06:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 174 David L 25-Feb-04 16:30
No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 188 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:18
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 173 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:47
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 182 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:54
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 178 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Cana 184 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 170 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 171 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:05
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 145 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:57
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 199 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:36
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 207 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 10:19
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 162 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:01
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 200 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:14
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 200 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:23
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 212 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:27
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 191 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 153 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:01
Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 186 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:30
Re: Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 174 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:43
In Addition.... 163 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:50
Point was missed 151 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 178 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 18:45
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 169 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 18:53
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 174 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 19:02
I misread the quoted passage... 157 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:28
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 204 David L 25-Feb-04 23:20
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 170 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:31
One more thing... 186 David L 25-Feb-04 23:25
Re: One more thing... 188 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:32
Also... 189 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:41
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 186 David L 25-Feb-04 23:08
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 185 Thirdwave 25-Feb-04 23:33
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 196 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 175 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 171 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 196 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 169 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 199 sunbeam 23-Feb-04 15:50
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 197 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:15
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 205 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 201 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:25
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 188 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 202 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 205 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:49
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 175 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 147 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:26
Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 200 Jaimi 23-Feb-04 21:04
Re: Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 218 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 208 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 201 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:32
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 204 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 19:43
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 195 Milo 24-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 197 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 164 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:35
And by the way... 196 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: And by the way... 212 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: And by the way... 164 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:14
Re: And by the way... 170 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:28
Re: And by the way... 189 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 16:48
Sources? 184 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:24
Re: Sources? 174 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:29
Re: And by the way... 259 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 17:00
Re: And by the way... 183 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 17:45
Re: And by the way... 265 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 18:20
Re: And by the way... 172 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:49
Re: And by the way... 242 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 19:15
Re: And by the way... 160 ananda 26-Feb-04 21:11
Re: And by the way... 238 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 23:30
Re: And by the way... 230 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 00:14
Re: And by the way... 173 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 13:35
Re: And by the way... 221 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: And by the way... 302 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 16:46
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 191 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:40
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 183 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 218 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 214 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 249 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 202 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 201 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:34
Challenge to Milo 198 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:21
Re: Challenge to Milo 225 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:38
Re: Challenge to Milo 261 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:43
Re: Challenge to Milo 197 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:31
Yes you are n/t 207 Nejc 23-Feb-04 21:56
Re: Yes you are n/t 177 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:25
Then again... 180 Nejc 24-Feb-04 08:31
Big Blue :) 199 Thirdwave 24-Feb-04 10:54
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 172 debraregypt 23-Feb-04 15:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 193 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:16
Archetypes of the collective unconscious 231 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:55
Re: Archetypes of the collective unconscious 218 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:04
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 209 David L 23-Feb-04 22:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 192 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 201 David L 24-Feb-04 01:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 197 Milo 24-Feb-04 01:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 174 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 157 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 219 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 204 Milo 26-Feb-04 15:55
Lee... What about Moses? 203 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:12
Evidence that Jesus Existed 171 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:16
Re: Lee... What about Moses? 190 David L 26-Feb-04 20:37
Deblinkering debunkers... 198 Morph 24-Feb-04 15:26
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 202 Zosimos 24-Feb-04 18:50
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 165 Morph 25-Feb-04 15:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 191 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 186 ananda 25-Feb-04 13:10
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 188 Milo 25-Feb-04 16:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 172 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 171 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 21:16
Re: Christ and Dionysis - good article 178 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:58
6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 177 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:05
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 174 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:14
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 176 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:34
Hmmm... 218 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:16
Re: Hmmm... 202 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:20
Re: Hmmm... 188 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:44
Au Contraire... 188 Morph 27-Feb-04 14:36


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