18. Tekton Joseph and Jesus


March 19 was the celebration of Joseph. www.ignatianspirituality.com dedicated in  a page about Josephs and Jesus work.


  • introduction
  • tekton


Jesus is mentioned in

Matthew 13:55 N-GMS

as well as in Mark 6:3 N-NMS

as being the son of a tekton:

τοῦ τέκτονος υἱός οὐχ
NAS: “Is not this the carpenter’s son?”

About Tekton,  Paul Basehore, Volunteer Youth Pastor  says in https://www.quora.com:

“This is a pretty general term — it’s the same base root where English gets words like “Technician”. It really means “artisan”, usually in wood, iron, or stone. Tradition says that he was a carpenter, and several early references (non-Biblical, but within the first century or two) say that Jesus made yokes and plows. According to the Greek, though — we really can’t be 100% certain.”

Jonas Gardell in his book about Jesus (Om Jesus) tells that Jesus, and Joseph, being tektones (craftmen) belonged with their family  to the poorest social class in Nazareth. Being among the poorest,Jesus may even have been analphabet. He may have been without teeths as many other poor people.

Jonas present Jesus in this video: