Was Jesus' Father Joseph More Than a Carpenter?
Teresa Neumann : Apr 6, 2010 : Staff - The Daily Mail
"Not only was He able to clear the official Temple market on two occasions without interference, but He was also able to teach 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."
REPORTER'S NOTE: In recent years, many attempts have been made by so-called "experts" to bring doubt into key passages of Scripture, the end result of which is to cause unknowledgeable Christians to question the authenticity of Jesus and inevitably their own faith. Usually, there's a personal or political/social agenda behind it, and so it was with skepticism that I first read this article. But, having read it, at face value I must say I was intrigued. There doesn't appear to be a "discrediting" agenda and the assertion—that Jesus' father was more than just a "carpenter"—opens up a credible scenario that explains many passages in the Bible, although maybe I'm all wrong. I wonder what you'll think? -Teresa Neumann
(United Kingdom)—The Daily Mail has reported on a book called The Jesus Discovery by Dr. Adam Bradford which contends that Jesus was "the son of a middle-class, highly educated architect and rose to become the highest ranking Rabbi of His age." His book reportedly explains why Christ was able to exert such influence and why His teachings became such a concern to the authorities.
"Not only was He able to clear the official Temple market on two occasions without interference," he adds, "but He was also able to teach 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."
Referring to construction work in Jerusalem, Bradford notes: "In about 22BC, King Herod ordered that a gigantic Jewish temple should be built in Jerusalem...because only Jewish priests could build the sacred parts of the building, Herod conscripted ten thousand skilled craftsmen to assist and instruct one thousand Jewish priests in the skills of master craftsmen. Statistically, given that ten thousand skilled craftsmen were employed there is every likelihood that Joseph, who was a devout Jew, was one of these "tektons", skilled at working with large structures of stone and wood."
First century historian Dr. Mark Whitters, of Eastern Michigan University, reportedly believes that The Jesus Discovery gives a proper insight into how Jesus was able to become such an important figure.
Read much more about Bradford's assertions by clicking on the link provided.
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