Carpenters in Ancient Israel

Israel carpenters. Oriental carpenters have plied their trade in the Holy Land in much the same way through the centuries. Visitors to towns like Nazareth or Tiberias have found these workmen to be quite primitive. About the only modern innovation they have adopted has been to have a workbench instead of sitting on the floor beside their working board, as some men, engaged in related crafts, actually do even in modern times. Instead of working, however, always at this bench, they are seen to do much of their work at the doorsill where the light is much better.10 This occupation has undergone little change from the days when they said of the young Messiah, "Is not this the carpenter?" (Mark 6:3). [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

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