He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III

Thursday, February 10, 2011

How Did Christ Run His Carpentry Business?

Tradition tells us that Christ wasn't insulated from earthly duties, such as running a carpentry business.

Was he a sole practitioner or was he St. Joseph's employee?
Were he and St. Joseph partners?
Did they hire employees?
What kind of wages were paid?
Did they charge nothing for their services?
Did they charge a below-market rate?
Did they make a profit?
Did they borrow money for expansion?
Did their business ever fail?
Were their estimates accurate?
Any cost overruns?


Han said...

St. Joseph organized his business into an S Corp.---Bar Iacob and Son--so that he could use the corporate form to limit liability but at the same time not have to deal with the headaches of corporate organization. Jesus was an employee of his father--not a co-owner--so that St. Joseph could deduct Jesus' wages as a cost of doing business, and which allowed Jesus to file a simple 1040EZ rather than the more complicated 1040 (and the attendant Schedules), thereby having more time for Torah study in preparation for public ministry. Although Jesus inherited the business after St. Joseph died, other happenings within the next three years caused the assets of the business to be disposed of in probate. the Theotokos must have used these proceeds to defray some of St. John's expenses while he mantained hr.

Visibilium said...

Yes, being human is complicated.

Anonymous said...

Haha! Great question!