The carpenter in New Testament times

Jesus is called a carpenter in Mark 6:3. In Matthew’s account He is called the carpenter’s son. The study note in the NET Bible suggests that this was probably a derogatory term. Those who used the term thought of Him as “a common laborer like themselves.”

Lane says the term carpenter (Greek tekton) “commonly designates a worker in any hard material: wood, metal or stone, and so comes to mean a builder.”

Louw-Nida says,

There is every reason to believe that in biblical times one who was regarded as a tekton would be skilled in the use of wood and stone and possibly even metal.

A carpenter’s shop is exhibited at Nazareth Village. It is correct in showing tools for stone cutting as well as wood working.

Carpenter shop at The Nazareth Village. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Carpenter shop at Nazareth Village. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

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One response to “The carpenter in New Testament times

  1. jesus was not a carpenter, he was a plowman….

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