We have few writings of Rabbi Nehunia haKana, who was one of the most renewed Kabbalists just before the appearance of Moses de Leon. Master of the Roads of the Merkava, he was an undisputed authority in the field of Jewish mysticism.

Nehunia haKana lived around the Ist century CE. He was a student of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai, teacher of Rabbi Yishmael, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol.