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Jesus not a Carpenter, translation of Tekton?

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The New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong's Number: 5045 teÑktwn

Original Word Word Origin

teÑktwn from the base of (5098)

Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling

Tekton tek'-tone

Parts of Speech TDNT

Noun Masculine None

Definition

a worker in wood, a carpenter, joiner, builder

a ship's carpenter or builder

any craftsman, or workman

the art of poetry, maker of songs

a planner, contriver, plotter

an author

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"...the Greek word for 'carpenter' in the gospels actually stands for an underlying Aramaic term that is used metaphorically in the Talmud to denote a scholar." (Porter, 2004, p. 81)

"In the Gospels, Jesus is called a tekton, a Greek word that meant not merely a carpenter skilled in making cabinets or furniture but a designer, construction engineer, or architect. A tekton could build a house, construct a bridge, or design a temple." (Starbird, 2003, p. 53)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I'd heard that tekton actually means "artisan", a skilled craftsman working in metal, stone, or wood. Since wood was not as plentiful in the ancient Middle East as stone, and most structural building was done in stone, it's likely that Joseph was a stonemason. It was European bias (wood being the medium of choice for most European building) that led to choosing "carpenter" as the translation of tekton.

  • frigge
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Tekton Definition

  • 4 years ago

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    Jesus not a Carpenter, translation of Tekton?

    Home > Lexicons > Greek Lexicon > Tekton

    The New Testament Greek Lexicon

    Strong's Number: 5045 teÑktwn

    Original Word Word Origin

    teÑktwn from the base of (5098)

    Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling

    Tekton tek'-tone

    Parts of Speech TDNT

    Noun Masculine None

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  • 4 years ago

    Tradition. In the Greek the gospels do not specifically say "carpenter" but use the word "tektos", meaning "builder" when referring to the occupation of Joseph and Jesus: This could mean mason, plumber, anything from construction site laborer to architect. It has been pointed out that the nearest Aramaic word to "tekton" also can mean "scholar", which would be consistent with other evidence that Jesus had studied with the Pharisees before getting involved with John the Baptist.

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