Was Jesus a stone mason?

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Question: : Our study group last night got into a discussion regarding the word tekton. Was Jesus a stone mason? What is your opinion?

Answer:The Dictionary of New Testament Theology article on this word says:

“In the New Testament tekton [pronounced teck-tone] appears only in the identification of Jesus by the people of Nazareth as “the carpenter” (Mk. 6:3), “the carpenter’s son” (Matt. 13:55). Though “carpenter” is the common rendering here, tekton could equally mean “mason” or “smith” (as indeed some of the Fathers took it); or it could mean that Joseph and Jesus were builders, so that both carpentry and masonry would have been among their skills.”

This is a fair representation of the word and how it described Jesus.

Randall Johnson


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