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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 ... 948 ananda 23-Feb-04 02:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 338 Milo 23-Feb-04 04:18
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 300 ananda 23-Feb-04 04:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 266 Milo 23-Feb-04 05:12
Mod Comment to you two 268 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 14:42
Re: Mod Comment to you two 274 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:00
Fallen Angels & Co. 289 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:09
Re: Fallen Angels & Co. 290 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:18
Yes .. ups.. sorry..n/t 283 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:27
it's me - lol 321 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:19
Re: it's me - lol 316 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:21
No probs n/t 312 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:30
Re: Divine Beings 306 Nebankh 23-Feb-04 16:47
Re: Divine Beings 300 Milo 23-Feb-04 17:17
Divine Agreement to Differ 307 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Divine Agreement to Differ 318 Milo 23-Feb-04 18:22
Believers and Researchers 337 Nejc 23-Feb-04 18:48
I am not a blind believer but a researcher 320 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:01
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 318 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:15
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 306 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:19
Oh. Thanks for this one :) n/t 309 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:22
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 262 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:21
On the other hand... 332 Nejc 23-Feb-04 20:21
Re: On the other hand... 306 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:39
Re: Divine Beings 340 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:00
Re: Divine Beings 279 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:09
Re: Divine Beings 332 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:24
Re: Divine Beings 290 David L 23-Feb-04 22:42
Is there another site for serious discussion? 320 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 23:09
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 311 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 18:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 297 Milo 24-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 280 David L 25-Feb-04 01:48
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 274 Milo 25-Feb-04 02:14
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 291 David L 25-Feb-04 03:03
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 269 Milo 25-Feb-04 06:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 283 David L 25-Feb-04 16:30
No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 282 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:18
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 286 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:47
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 293 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:54
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 285 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Cana 291 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 282 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 285 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:05
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 255 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:57
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 307 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:36
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 319 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 10:19
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 279 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:01
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 308 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:14
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 312 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:23
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 325 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:27
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 304 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 269 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:01
Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 295 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:30
Re: Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 296 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:43
In Addition.... 271 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:50
Point was missed 262 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 284 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 18:45
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 263 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 18:53
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 280 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 19:02
I misread the quoted passage... 270 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:28
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 319 David L 25-Feb-04 23:20
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 273 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:31
One more thing... 301 David L 25-Feb-04 23:25
Re: One more thing... 299 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:32
Also... 294 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:41
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 295 David L 25-Feb-04 23:08
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 291 Thirdwave 25-Feb-04 23:33
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 308 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 286 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 284 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 303 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 280 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 304 sunbeam 23-Feb-04 15:50
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 309 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:15
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 316 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 319 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:25
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 306 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 321 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 312 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:49
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 290 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 262 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:26
Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 314 Jaimi 23-Feb-04 21:04
Re: Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 327 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 314 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 313 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:32
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 314 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 19:43
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 306 Milo 24-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 307 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 278 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:35
And by the way... 312 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: And by the way... 322 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: And by the way... 274 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:14
Re: And by the way... 280 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:28
Re: And by the way... 295 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 16:48
Sources? 296 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:24
Re: Sources? 275 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:29
Re: And by the way... 390 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 17:00
Re: And by the way... 292 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 17:45
Re: And by the way... 392 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 18:20
Re: And by the way... 278 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:49
Re: And by the way... 375 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 19:15
Re: And by the way... 267 ananda 26-Feb-04 21:11
Re: And by the way... 370 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 23:30
Re: And by the way... 363 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 00:14
Re: And by the way... 281 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 13:35
Re: And by the way... 345 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: And by the way... 489 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 16:46
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 300 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:40
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 294 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 337 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 325 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 359 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 322 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 318 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:34
Challenge to Milo 315 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:21
Re: Challenge to Milo 334 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:38
Re: Challenge to Milo 371 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:43
Re: Challenge to Milo 308 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:31
Yes you are n/t 314 Nejc 23-Feb-04 21:56
Re: Yes you are n/t 289 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:25
Then again... 288 Nejc 24-Feb-04 08:31
Big Blue :) 305 Thirdwave 24-Feb-04 10:54
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 287 debraregypt 23-Feb-04 15:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 300 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:16
Archetypes of the collective unconscious 336 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:55
Re: Archetypes of the collective unconscious 324 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:04
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 321 David L 23-Feb-04 22:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 303 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 311 David L 24-Feb-04 01:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 304 Milo 24-Feb-04 01:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 279 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 267 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 332 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 310 Milo 26-Feb-04 15:55
Lee... What about Moses? 300 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:12
Evidence that Jesus Existed 273 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:16
Re: Lee... What about Moses? 290 David L 26-Feb-04 20:37
Deblinkering debunkers... 286 Morph 24-Feb-04 15:26
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 292 Zosimos 24-Feb-04 18:50
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 249 Morph 25-Feb-04 15:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 288 ananda 25-Feb-04 13:10
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 283 Milo 25-Feb-04 16:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 277 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 257 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 21:16
Re: Christ and Dionysis - good article 287 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:58
6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 277 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:05
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 275 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:14
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 276 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:34
Hmmm... 314 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:16
Re: Hmmm... 299 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:20
Re: Hmmm... 286 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:44
Au Contraire... 284 Morph 27-Feb-04 14:36


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