Jesus Wasn’t Really A Carpenter

Daven Hiskey 33
Jesus ComicToday I found out Jesus wasn’t really a carpenter, at least not as we understand the profession.  Now obviously, eventually Jesus’s chosen profession was of a “Rabbi” or teacher; so in that sense he wasn’t a carpenter regardless of translation.  However, in his early years, it is supposed from Mark 6:2-3 that he was, like his step-father, a “carpenter” as commonly translated.

However, the chosen translation from the Greek word “tecton” to mean “carpenter” is a bit of a mistranslation.   In fact, “tecton” (in Mark) or “tekton” (in Mathew) is more aptly translated into a word describing a “contractor”; specifically, contracting  as a “builder” or “handyman”.  Not necessarily having anything to do with wood in most of the jobs he likely took.

He was basically a “Mr. Fix it”.  You had something that needed mended/fixed, designed, or built and he was the guy to call.  And note, this isn’t just referring to small jobs such as repairing a leaky roof or the like, though this type of thing would have likely been a part of what he did when bigger business was slow; it also refers to such things as designing and building bridges, stone temples, etc.   So perhaps by today’s notion of the profession, he’d more likely be called an “engineer”.

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  1. skeev January 9, 2010 at 7:22 am - Reply

    He was Macgyver…..anyone who could do all the clever stuff he did must have been.

    • Brad Watson, Miami June 28, 2013 at 8:07 am - Reply


      Are you mocking GOD & His Christ?

      • Jeff Johnson October 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        Lol, there’s no such thing as a god!

        • Daven Hiskey
          Daven Hiskey October 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

          @Jeff Johnson: Prove it ;-)

  2. Kyle January 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Thats actually how I always pictured his carpenter job.

  3. Johanna Chi January 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Except his fight would be a beat down and not a boring decision.

  4. Anthony January 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Worst topic ever! Who really cares. It’s not going to take you to heaven or cast you into hell for not knowing or knowing.

  5. Brian June 15, 2010 at 12:58 am - Reply

    @Anthony, Wow, good thing I came to instead of Today I found out…. Here’s an idea, if you don’t like the idea of a website about random stuff that was “found out” today, you COULD just go fuck yourself instead and save us all from your stupid posts. Just a suggestion.

  6. Pablo June 15, 2010 at 5:45 am - Reply

    An engineer? Aha! That explains why he didn’t have a girlfriend.

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven June 15, 2010 at 5:51 am - Reply

      @Pablo: I so should have used that in the title of the post ;-). “Today I Found Out Why Jesus Never Had a Girlfriend”

  7. Vogelbeere June 16, 2010 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Yes, Bill Darlison has written about this, and suggests the translation mason or architect. (Bill Darlison is also the author of an interesting book suggesting that the gospels were in fact the texts of an astrological mystery religion and that Jesus was a mythical character.)

  8. Kick Nave June 16, 2010 at 4:19 am - Reply

    I hear stories from the chamber
    How Christ was born into a manger
    And like some ragged stranger
    Died upon the cross
    And might I say it seems so fitting in its way
    He was a carpenter by trade
    Or at least that’s what I’m told

  9. A.Kinana June 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    OK make fun of Jesus on the cross – no one is likely to kill you.

    Now be brave and even-handed and do Muhammad – perhaps with Ayesha?

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven June 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      @A.Kinana: haha, don’t think I haven’t thought of it. :-) There will likely be a Muhammad post sometime in the next few months. I just have to find something interesting and little known to do it on.

      • EXPLAINIST August 30, 2013 at 4:45 am - Reply

        you might look at the evidence that Mohammed was a Jew

        or the fact that Uthmann – a person who opposed him in life – edited the quran after he died, and ordered all older copies rounded up and burned. which would explain why it seems to be written by a bipolar person

  10. Anonymator July 19, 2010 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Teknons were indeed engineers or architects. Joseph designed houses, not furniture. His family must have had a lot of money.

  11. RAJ November 16, 2010 at 1:41 am - Reply


  12. Noztrill December 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    i don’t recall anyone ever saying he was a carpenter, joseph was the carpenter his “father” by technicality though he had no part in it apparently. what bible did you read? sorry did you read any of it? don’t get me wrong i think its all just a cute story, but man. know what your talking about at least. i don’t know anything about muhammed (don’t even know if thats how you spell it/him/her/turqois). he’s as likely to exist as jesus.

  13. Sly December 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    there is loads of negative content regarding Muhammad on the internet. Generally no one cares unless & unit the media or some ignorant mullah’s or government official in the middle east stir things up divert attention from something else that’s going on.

    In any case not sure how making fun these tribes men from 2k to 1500 yrs ago helps humanity today? Not to take anything away from their accomplishments i.e. having 30+% & 25+% of the worlds population following the laws inspired by you is impressive.

  14. kiks February 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    just repent from your sins.. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.. that’s all matter most!

    Life is short..Death is sure…Hell is real but Jesus is the cure.. John 3:16, John 1:12, 1 John 5:11-13

  15. Thomas Pickering March 23, 2012 at 11:57 am - Reply

    The Greek is TEKTOVOC (with some funky letters) which actually means “an artificer, specially a craftsman in wood”.

    So no, it’s likely that he was a carpenter.

  16. Brad Watson, Miami June 28, 2013 at 8:09 am - Reply

    One of the correct translations of “tecton”/“tekton” is teacher. “Rabbi” means teacher.

    Jesus’ father Joseph was a teacher and he taught his son how to read and write in Hebrew and perhaps Greek and Latin.

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  17. Bill June 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    A tecton is someone who works with his hands. It is a low level worker, not a professional like an engineer. Jesus, if tecton is accurate, would not be viewed as an engineer, but as a handyman or day laborer–for odd jobs–in today’s parlance. Engineer is way off.

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