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Kevin Mimn wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Which writing or book is the source of this Pope's statement?

That Jesus learned carpentry from Joseph.

Pope Francis said:

"Jesus is born and lives in a family, in the Holy Family, learning the carpenter's craft from St. Joseph in his workshop in Nazareth, sharing with him the commitment, effort, satisfaction and also the difficulties of every day."


  { Which writing or book is the source of Pope Francis's statement given at a Wednesday Audience? }

Eric replied:


This comes from Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55 in the Sacred Scriptures, plus the historical knowledge that at this time men normally learned their trade in their apprenticeship to their fathers.


Bob replied:

Dear Kevin,

Thanks for the question. 

It is likely that Pope Francis is relying on the popular attribution of carpentry as the trade of Joseph, Jesus' earthly father.  The exact trade is not certain; we know that he is identified as a "tekton", which is simply a craftsman, someone who is capable of making things, building, and essentially using their hands like a "handyman."

So, carpenter has become the popular way of describing his trade but is likely that it had a larger scope of crafting than that; he could have also built homes, which would have involved working with someone skilled in stone, like a Mason.


Bob Kirby

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