Jesus was the son of an architect

A biblical scholar claims that Jesus Christ was the son of a middle class architect and not of a carpenter. Adam Bradford says that the word used to describe Jesus’s father Joseph, tekton (τεκτον), means master builder or architect. As such, Joseph would have enjoyed a higher social status that would have allowed him to better educate his son. Crucially, Joseph would have been involved in Herod’s rebuilding of the temple.

When Jesus got lost at the age of 12 during one of his family’s visits to a festival and was found at the Temple he said to his parents: Didn’t you know I had to be in my father’s house. I believe this has a double meaning referring to the fact Joseph helped build the temple as well as to God. The priests who Joseph had trained would have looked after the boy Jesus for the five days until his parents found him.

Joseph is described as a just man [Matthew 1:19] but the word man is not in the original text. The word used is dikaios (δίκαιος). Dr Bradford claims that this really means a senior religious scholar involved in the judiciary.

Because Jesus was trained to become the most educated Jew of his time, it gave him the chance to exert extraordinary influence and get away with acts that normal Jews would have been imprisoned or chastised for.
Christ enjoyed social priveleges unavailable to an uneducated itinerant carpenter. Not only was he able to clear the official Temple market on two occasions without interference but he was also unhindered in the temple courts and synagogues.
Throughout the Bible he is addressed with formal titles of Rabbi and Doctor of the Law – the highest position in Jewish society – even by his enemies.

When Christ sat with the Doctors of Law in the temple at age 12 he astonished them with his knowledge. They would almost certainly have recruited Christ for later enrolment at their schools.
Under the Jewish system, Jesus would not have re-emerged intp public life until he was 30 when he had become a didaskalos [διδασκαλοσ]. This word is currently translated as teacher but in fact it had a much higher status and meaning.

Adam Bradford has been a member of Charlton and Blackheath Christian Fellowship for many years. The Fellowship also offers a link to a lecture by Bradford speaking about the Jesus described in his book.

Read a review of the book in the Telegraph Online

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~ by scalambra on April 4, 2010.

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