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"Come to me,

all you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.


Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your Eternal Soul.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."


Jesus the Tekton

“His hands are miracles. I can watch them for hours, transforming wood into something it never dreamed of being.” - Katja Millay

"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 in which lived were innovators in comprehensive universal education.

The majority, if not all, were taught to read and write Hebrew.

Wandering Tannaim spread Torah by the Oral Tradition along with the scientific understanding first brought forward by Pharaoh Akhenaten and embedded within the religion of Moshe Rabbenu of unification of diverse ways of thinking through the use of symbol systems.

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 - Tekton, Tannaim, Therapeutae

The Invention of the Jewish People

The Jesus Narratives overlook the life of Jesus between the age twelve and the beginning of his public ministry when Jesus a became almost Tannaim two decades later.

The Jesus Narratives 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 6:1-3)

The Greek word describing Joseph's trade was "Tekton" which included a master builder, master mason, master carpenter and one skilled in metal technology.




Joseph was more than a simple carpenter in modern terms.

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.

When Herod died in 3 BC his three sons were in Rome to confirm their inheritance.

While they were absent a rebel leader named Judas attacked Sepphoris.

The Roman legions soon crushed the rebellion, burning the city and enslaved the inhabitants.

When the sons returned from Rome, Herod Antipas determined to rebuild the city, and he initiated a great building program that lasted for 20 years until he moved to Tiberias in AD 26.

Jesus was about nine years old when the construction began, and obviously much labor from Nazareth was employed in the construction, including Joseph and his apprentice Jesus.

Archeological evidence from Sepphoris indicates that Greek was the common tongue.

Jesus' familiarity with Greek usages and Greek theater is evident.

The word hypocrite comes 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 Greeks.

The experience of both Hebrew and Roman-Greek culture adds light to Jesus' ministry.

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 labor.

Jesus, as Joseph's foreman, would have understood basic first aid.

According to Philo, the 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 God.

The term Therapeutae occurs in relation to followers of Asclepius at Pergamon and also occurs in relation to worshipers of Serapis in inscriptions, such as on Delos.

The term therapeutikos carries in later texts the meaning of attending to heal, or treating in a spiritual or medical sense.

The Therapeutae were on the cutting edge (no pun intended) of medical science when Jesus worked with Joseph in Sepphoris. Jesus was taught by the 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.

After Sepphoris Herod Antipas financed an infrastructure project at Tiberias around 19 AD, which would have provided employment for most of the Tektons in Galilee, including Jesus.

Jesus would have been paid very little, at most 2 sesterces per day.

When the 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 farmers.

The majority 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.

The Greek 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 carpenter.

Joseph, Jesus' 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 different.

There was a saying among the Hebrew men in the nation of Israel:
"If you do not teach your son how to work, you teach him how to be a thief."

Joseph and Mary were hardly wealthy, and Nazareth was a small remote village.

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 him.

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 think about.

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 about.

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 the animals.

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 preacher.

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 and Sustainer.

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.

Jesus condemned the Sadducees for teaching the worldview of the Zaddikim which nullifies life itself.

Jesus most 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 outsiders.



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