"Come to me,
all you who are weary and
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me,
am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your
yoke is easy and my burden is light."
His hands are miracles. I can watch them for
hours, transforming wood into something it never dreamed of being. -
"To know intimately the nature of wood, paper,
glass, sheet metal, terra cotta, cement, steel, cast iron, wrought iron,
concrete, is essential to knowing
how to use the tools available to make use of those materials, sensibly or
artfully." - Frank Lloyd Wright
"Today more than 30% of the American workforce
needs a government license to work." - Chip Mellor 2/10
The Hebrews of the era Jesus lived
were innovators in comprehensive universal
The majority, if not all, were taught to read and write
Wandering Tannaim spread
Torah by the Oral Tradition along with
the scientific understanding first
shared by Pharaoh Akhenaten and embedded within the religion of Moshe
Rabbenu of unification of
diverse ways of thinking through
the use of symbol
The philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca remarked that the
Hebrews were the only people
who knew the reasons for their relgious faith, something which the apostle
Peter continued to commend (1 Peter 3:15).
Jesus undoubtedly received a
Hebrew education perhaps along these
lines: at 10 years of age ready for the study of the
Oral Torah, at 20 for pursuing a
vocation, at 30 for entering full vigor.
Jesus, as a wandering
Tannaim practicing the Hebrew Oral
Tradition, entered his ministry at about 30
years of age.
Jesus, trinity bound into human flesh,
channeled Three Avatars of the Creator -
The Invention of the Jewish People
Synoptic Gospels leave out the life
of Jesus between adolescence and the beginning of his public ministry when
Jesus became a Tannaim.
They do say what Jesus did in that time: "Jesus
left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his
disciples. When the Sabbath
came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom
that has been given him, that he even does
miracles! Isn't this the
carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and
Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him." (Mark
Joseph was more than a
simple carpenter in modern terms.
The Greek word describing Joseph's
trade was "Tekton" which
included a master builder, master mason, master carpenter and
Nazareth was too small to support any sort of fulltime
Tekton, so Joseph travelled to Sepphoris to find employment
selling his craft.
The historical city of Sepphoris is situated four
miles from Nazareth.
Sepphoris was the largest city in
Judah outside Jerusalem.
Herod the Great had made it his Galilean Capital.
4 BC Herod dies. His three sons go to Rome to
confirm their inheritance.
While they are absent a rebel leader named
Judas attacked Sepphoris.
Roman legions crush the rebellion, burn the
city and enslave the inhabitants.
6 AD Herod
Antipas determines to rebuild Sepphoris.
Jesus is about nine years old
when the construction begins.
Labor from Nazareth is employed in the
construction including Joseph and his apprentice Jesus.
evidence from Sepphoris indicates that Greek was spoken.
familiarity with Greek usages and Greek theater is evident.
from a Greek word meaning 'one who acts
in a play,' and was often used by Jesus.
In Sepphoris Jesus of
Nazareth came into contact with Romans and
Anyone who has ever
worked in construction recognizes that accidents occur and those engaged in the
construction activity receive injuries.
Anyone with empathy, and every
intelligent employer, is versed in basic first aid for injuries sustained in
Jesus, as Joseph's foreman, would have understood basic first
Therapeutae were widely distributed in
the Ancient world, among the Greeks and beyond in the non-Greek world.
Philo was unsure
of the etymology of the Therapeutae which he explained as meaning either
Physicians of Souls or Servants of Æon.
Therapeutae occurs in relation to followers of Asclepius at Pergamon and also
occurs in relation to worshipers of Serapis in inscriptions, such as at Delos.
The term therapeutikos carries in later texts the meaning of attending
to heal, or treating in a spiritual or medical sense.
Therapeutae were on
the cutting edge (no pun intended) of medical science when Jesus worked with
his brothers and Joseph in Sepphoris.
Jesus was taught by Therapeutae
how to heal injuries sustained in accidents.
Jesus the Therapeutae recognized the
healing ability of the Holy
Anointing Oil of the Hebrews and shared it with the unclean.
19 AD Herod Antipas finances
an infrastructure project
at Tiberias which provides
employment for most of the Tektons in Galilee, including Jesus.
would have been paid very little, at most 2 sesterces per day.
construction at Tiberias was completed, the local job opportunities for Tektons
would have plummeted - Jesus and his co-workers would have been thrown upon
their own limited resources.
At that time Jesus built or repaired boats
by the Sea of Galilee and plows and yokes for
of wandering rabbis had a trade to support their learning and teaching and
there is no reason to doubt that
carpentry may have been the trade that supported Jesus.
writer Justin says that "Jesus was considered to be the son of Joseph the
carpenter; and Jesus appeared without comeliness, as the Scriptures declared;
and Jesus was deemed a carpenter (for Jesus was in the habit of working as a
carpenter when among men, making ploughs and yokes; by which Jesus taught the
symbols of righteousness and an active life).
In Jesus' own hometown,
neighbors and passers-by all identified Jesus, not as someone given to
international travel and other flights of fancy, but as a
father, was a Tekton (Matthew 13:55), and Jesus followed the family trade
growing up. Career-hopping was rarely practiced at that time; most sons,
especially the firstborn, followed in their father's profession. Jesus was no
There was a saying among the
Hebrew men in the nation of Israel:
you do not teach your son how to work, you teach him how to be a
Joseph and Mary were hardly wealthy, and Nazareth was a small
The family of at least 5 sons needed money to survive
and construction is an honest trade .
Jesus' years as a carpenter was
what made his neighbors remember
If he'd taken years off to study in foreign lands, he wouldn't
be recognized or remembered in such a way - their identification with him
points out that Jesus was locally known.
Carpenters at this time were
highly skilled as there were so few trees in Israel. Throughout the sermons of
Jesus, there are many references to things that a carpenter or Tekton would
For example, Jesus spoke about the "narrow gate" that we have to go through. Jesus
talked about building a house "upon
solid rock" and not
"upon the shifting
sand", another concept that a good 1st century Tekton would have known
In a beautiful passage, in Matthew 11:29, Jesus said that his
"yoke" was easy. Using carpentry skills Jesus
could make a yoke that was comfortable for
In Matthew 21:33, Jesus talked about
building a tower in a vineyard.
In another place, Jesus told the
parable of a king who was going to build a tower but did not count the cost.
You can see the mind of a Tekton working here. You have to know the expenses
before you begin such a project.
Jesus was a
carpenter or Tekton much longer than a
There are several things that are very significant about Jesus
profession as being a carpenter or Tekton.
Jesus spoke about a "keystone".
Jesus spoke about a "city on a hill."
The fact that
Jesus was a carpenter, for 15 to 20
years, emphasizes that the Creator and Sustainer respects all honorable
work that we might do, even manual labor, as a carpenter or Tekton would
have been engaged in.
Jesus wanted us to understand that as long as it
is honest work that we are engaged in, then any
work is respectable in the eyes of the Creator
Jesus may have unwittingly signed his death
sentence by engaging in "anti-social" behavior.
Jesus condemned the
Pharisees for engaging in
exegesis as he
recognized the nullification of
Torah through reintrepretation.
the Sadducees for teaching the
worldview of the Zaddikim which nullifies life itself.
likely shared the Holy Anointing
Oil of the Hebrews with non-Hebrews, the Therapeutae and
the Pharisees disapproved of their close
scientific healing knowledge being shared with
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