An artisan skilled in working with wood. A description of a carpenter’s tools and procedures is given in Isaiah’s account of the manufacture of an idol (Isa 44:13-17): a “line” for measuring, a pencil for marking, planes for shaping, and a compass for designing. The carpenter there described also plants, tends, and cuts down the trees with which he works. In most English translations of the Gospels, Jesus is reported to be a carpenter (Mark 6:3) or the son of one (Matt 13:55). The Greek word used in these passages simply means “builder” in a generic sense, leaving open the possibility that he and/or his father worked with stone or other materials.

Isa 44:13-17

13The carpenter stretches a line, marks it out with a stylus, fashions it with planes, and marks it with a compass; he makes it in human form, with human beauty ... View more

Mark 6:3

3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at ... View more

Matt 13:55

55Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?

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