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Was Jesus really a Carpenter?

Richard Noble points out that in his teaching Jesus frequently uses examples from the general construction industry rather than carpentry, and argues that it is much more likely that Jesus was what we would today call a general builder. Richard goes on to illustrate from his own experience in construction the challenges that Christians face in the nitty-gritty of daily life, and the solutions Jesus provides.

Click to read the full article (PDF opens in new tab). It was first published in Faith in Business Quarterly, Volume 19.4, pages 10-13.

Richard Noble became Bursar of Ridley Hall Theological College in Cambridge after a career in construction and business management. Following retirement in 2003, he has served as a prison chaplaincy volunteer and as an Authorised Lay Minister in his local parish church of St Mary’s Buckden, while continuing to enjoy his lifetime activity as a painter. He and his wife Rachel live near St Neots in Cambridgeshire. As well as various published articles, Richard is author of The Writing on the Wall – Everyday Phrases from the King James Bible, Sacristy Press, 2015.

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