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Carpenter
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Carpenter
Carpenter (חָרָשׁ‎, charash; τέκτων, tektōn). Typically refers to a woodworker or builder. However, in biblical times, the term could be used for a range of craftsmen, including stonemasons, artificers, and engravers (2 Kgs 22:6; 2 Chr 24:12; Ezra 3:7; Isa 44:13; Matt 13:55; Mark 6:3).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Carpenter
Carpenter [Heb. ḥārāš; Gk. téktōn]; AV also “workers in timber,” ARTIFICERS; NEB also WOODWORKER (Isa. 44:13). The Heb. ḥārāš, a general word for a graver or craftsman, is translated “carpenter” in 2 K. 22:6; 2 Ch. 24:12; 34:11; Ezr. 3:7. The same word is rendered “craftsman” in the RSV of
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Carpenter
CARPENTER One who worked with timber, setting up the framework of houses, the roofing, windows, and doors. Often small structures were erected by the householder, but temples and palaces required specialized artisans where carpenters worked alongside stonemasons (2 Kgs 12:11; 22:6; 1 Chr 14:1; 22:15;
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Carpenter
carpenter, an artisan skilled in working with wood. Apparently, the Israelites lacked skill in this area in the time of David and Solomon (ca. 1050–975 bce), since carpenters were imported from Tyre to aid the construction of David’s palace (2 Sam. 5:11) and Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 5:6). Among the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Carpenter
CarpenterThe skill of carpentry was not fully developed in OT Israel. Perhaps because of their nomadic background, the Israelites depended on the more highly skilled artisans from Tyre in the construction of the temple and palaces under David and Solomon. King Hiram sent carpenters (Heb. ḥārāš ʿēṣ,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Carpenter
Carpenter. †A craftsman (Heb. ḥārāš ˓ēṣ “engraver of wood”; e.g., 2 Sam. 5:11), who built tools such as plows and threshing boards for agricultural use and constructed houses and other buildings. Some of the tools employed were the axe, hammer and saw, and chisel. At Isa. 44:13 the carpenter
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Carpenter
CARPENTER A worker in wood. Carpentry was not a well-developed trade among the early Israelites, a deficiency that required Solomon to seek out competent carpenters from King Hiram of Tyre (1 Kgs 5:1–6). The craft was much more common in the later monarchy period. In the New Testament, “carpenter” is
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Carpenter
CARPENTER (Heb. ḥārāsh, “artisan,” 2 Sam. 5:11; 1 Chron. 14:1; etc.; Gk. tekton, Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3). A general term, including an artificer in stone and metal, as well as wood. See Handicrafts: Builders; Wood, Workers in.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Carpenter
Carpenteran artificer in stone, iron, and copper, as well as in wood (2 Sam. 5:11; 1 Chr. 14:1; Mark 6:3). The tools used by carpenters are mentioned in 1 Sam. 13:19, 20; Judg. 4:21; Isa. 10:15; 44:13. It was said of our Lord, “Is not this the carpenter’s son?” (Matt. 13:55); also, “Is not this the
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Carpenter
Carpentercarpenter, an artisan skilled in working with wood. The Israelites were apparently lacking great skills in this area in the time of David and Solomon (ca. 1050-975 b.c.), since carpenters had to be imported from Tyre to aid the construction of David’s palace (2 Sam. 5:11) and Solomon’s Temple
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CARPENTER
CARPENTER<kar’-pen-ter> (חָרָשׁ‎ [charash]; [τέκτων, tekton]): This word, which is a general word for graver or craftsman, is translated “carpenter” in 2 Kings 22:6; 2 Chronicles 24:12; Ezra 3:7; Isaiah 41:7. The same word is rendered “craftsman” in the American Standard Revised Version
Key passages
2 Sa 5:11

So Hiram, the king of Tyre, sent messengers to David, along with cedar trees and craftsmen skilled in wood and in stone masonry, and they built a house for David.

Is 44:13

The woodworker stretches out a line; he makes an outline of it with a marker. He makes it with a knife and makes an outline of it with a compass. He makes it like the image of a man, like the beauty of a human, to dwell in a temple.

Mk 6:3

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they were offended by him.