Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3). He not only grew up in the house of a carpenter (Matthew 13:55), but He worked in the trade at least long enough that people knew Him to be a carpenter. There is a question of exactly what the word translated as carpenter really means. The Greek word “tekton” is a generic word for anyone who makes things. This was applied to artisans of various objects. Early writings, tradition, and culture indicate that Jesus probably worked with wood in some form. Therefore, carpenter is a good translation of “tekton” when speaking of Jesus.