Thursday, May 25, 2006

What did Jesus do for a living???

I was woke this mroning by a bible quiz playing on our local christian radio station.
Question one, "What did Jesus do for a job before going into ministry?"
Answer, "A carpenter."
all sounds fine and dandy except that you will not find anything in the bible or historical records to prove it - though a genuine Jesus made coffee table would be a nice religious icon.
While it may seem trivial to point out the error on such thinking - if we are going to be biblical can we at least stick to the facts...
And i know it says in Mark 6:3

On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary [Other ancient authorities read “son of the carpenter and of Mary”] and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
—Mark 6:2-3 (NRSV)

Depending on how you read it - remember in greek there is no coma the people are either asking if Jesus is a carpenter or if He is the son of a carpenter.
Either way, they were asking because they were surprised to see someone whom they thought was a carpenter functioning as a rabbi. Jesus was teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath; in other words, He was preaching the sermon. Since they thought He was a carpenter usurping the role of a rabbi, they understandably took offense. If He were a carpenter, as they wondered, His ability to preach would be quite amazing.

However, the only people who thought this situation was remarkable and offensive were the people who were mistaken. Obviously, the synagogue authorities had allowed Him to preach, which means they knew that He was not a carpenter.

The New Testament calls Jesus ‘rabbi’ about 13 times and a vague mention of a carpenter once.
What did Jesus do prior to MArk chapter 1 - PASS - we do not know, while it is possible that he may have followed in his step father business - tradtion a big part of ancient culture. I think there is enough evidence to indicate that he became part of the religous teaching culture, maybe even more so 13 x called a Rabi. Why, well he certainly knew his scriptures... well maybe that was divine revlation or it could be that the incarnation meant that he had to work as hard as anyone else to learn the God story, that he may have had to sit and study the torah like every other little Jewsih boy. While the story of him being lost by his parents would suggest he was a brilliant scholar and understood the Scriptures well, it could also suggest that such a brilliant scholar would not have worked as a carpenter.
My argument is that I don't know what he did, but to claim he was a carpenter is a stupid argument and i wish people would stop doing it!!! And as for the my boss is a jewish carpenter bumper sticker well that is not even funny...
On the same grounds you could argue that he was married - because that was also part of tradition, and expected. In which case maybe Dan Brown was right.... Great movie by the way but utter fiction...
Let's not argue from silence, but stick to what we know
Radio Rhema you should be ashamed of your self and stop asking stupid question in your supposed Bible Quiz - and can we have some decent music to wake up to at 7:00am - or do i need to turn my station to the rock....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And why can't God be wise as a Rabbi and a carpenter too?