Hebron seems to be the same with Abdon, ( Joshua 21:30 ) ( 1 Chronicles 6:74 ) ; (r) and (d) being changed, of which there are other instances; and hereby this is distinguished from another Hebron in the tribe of Judah, more commonly known, ( Joshua 15:54 ) ;
in the time of Jerom F19, there was a village called Rooba, four miles from Scythopolis, and which he says was a city separated to the Levites, as this was, or one of the same name in this tribe; for there was another, ( Joshua 19:30 ) ; see ( Joshua 21:31 ) ; but whether either of them is the same with this is not certain;
of this city we read nowhere else:
this Kanah is generally thought to be the same where Christ wrought his first miracle, ( John 2:1 John 2:11 ) . Jerom expressly says F21, there was a Cana in the tribe of Asher, where our Lord and Saviour turned water into wine, ( John 2:1 ) , and from whence was Nathanael, ( John 21:2 ) ; and it is at this day, adds he, a town in Galilee of the Gentiles. Phocas F23 places Cana between Sippori and Nazareth, which is now shown six Roman miles from Sippori to the west, a little inclining to the north; and there is also in the same tract Cephar Cana, four miles from Nazareth to the north, inclining to the east; and it is disputed which of these two is Cana of Galilee the New Testament: with this account agrees pretty much what our countryman Mr. Maundrell F24 gives of his travels in those parts:
``taking leave of Nazareth, (he says,) and going at first northward, we crossed the hills that encompassed the vale of Nazareth at that side; after which we turned to the westward, and passed in view of Cana of Galilee, the place signalized with the beginning of Christ's miracles, ( John 2:11 ) ; in an hour and a half more we came to Sepharia;''or Sippori:
[even] unto great Zidon;
of great Zidon, and why so called, (See Gill on Joshua 11:8).
F19 De loc. Heb. fol. 94. A.
F21 Ibid. fol. 90. B.
F23 Apud Reland. Palestin. Illustrat. tom. 2. p. 680.
F24 Journey from Aleppo p. 117.