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kar´pen -tẽr ( חרש , ḥārāsh ; τέκτων , téktōn ): 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 of Jeremiah 24:1 and Jeremiah 29:2 and "smith" in the American Standard Revised Version of Zechariah 1:20 . In 2 Samuel 5:11 ; 2 Kings 12:11 ; 1 Chronicles 14:1 ; and Isaiah 44:13 , ḥārāsh occurs with ‛ēc (wood), and is more exactly translated "carpenter" or "worker in wood." Tektōn , the corresponding Greek word for artificer, is translated "carpenter" in Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3 . See CARVING ; CRAFTS .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Carpenter'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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