More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowellSomeday, in heaven, I am going to thank the kind stranger who handed me this book one day. I was at the height of skepticism, embittered with religion and disillusioned with humanity in general. Christianity was the religion of optimistic but ignorant fools, in my opinion. I didnt even want to talk to the guy, but he asked me to take the book. Hesitantly, I did.
Over the coming weeks I found myself drawn to this book. Through it I realized the skewed, one-demensional Christianity I had always seen presented in the media and elsewhere was far from the actual truth. It was a faith that could be explored with the mind and stand up as robust to skeptical scrutiny. This book presents evidence in a clear straightforward and intellectually honest way, albeit confrontationally. Great read that Id recommend to anyone with questions of the heart and mind about Christ. I appreciated the authors journey, and followed him along with bated breath. It was not a disappointing journey, and ended up being one among many that was integral to my coming to believe that Jesus Christjust might be who he said he was.
Nazareth: Jesus as a Carpenter (First Century Foundations 6/6)
Jesus the Carpenter, & the Cross
Nowadays it is quite common to refer to Jesus as a carpenter from Galilee. On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! There are some interesting aspects to this passage, as well as in its parallel in Matthew Depending on which ancient manuscript you read, the people are either asking if Jesus is a carpenter or if He is the son of a carpenter.
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For centuries, Christians have assumed Joseph was a carpenter and Jesus, as his adopted son, would have followed in his footsteps. Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, says the main support for the traditional position are Mark and Matthew In an excerpt published at Christian Post , Gallaty says that word is more accurately understood as craftsman or building. That could be carpenter, he admits, but some other cultural clues may lead to a different translation. Perhaps, Jesus was a stonemason.