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Piano composition; The Jewish Carpenter
By Paul and Christopher W. French
Excerpt from the "Journey To Bethlehem" album.
Video created March 8, 2007  Running Time 3min 20sec
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The Jewish Carpenter song, from our "Journey To Bethlehem" album, has
always been one of my favorites to play, even as a piano solo. The left hand
technique which keeps the beat throughout the song is really fun to play, but
also a great challenge. Both hands working independently from one another in
this style gives the song great rhythm. There's no way I can keep my feet still
while playing this instrumental song!
The song title,
The Jewish Carpenter, of course implies none other than, Jesus
Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, and His father, Joseph, a carpenter
by trade. In the New Testament, we find that the townspeople in Nazareth, the
city in which Jesus lived and practiced the craft of carpentry, were very
surprised when they learned that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah. They knew
Him as a carpenter, and the son of a carpenter. The question they asked was;

"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom
that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn't this the
carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas
and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
Mark 6:2-3 NIV

I would have loved to see Jesus working alongside His father Joseph while
living on earth. But I know the greatest wood-work ever done...was when
Jesus Christ willingly put His hands to the Cross at Calvary, and stained it red
with His precious blood for the sins of the whole world! Thank You Jesus!!
Christopher W. French               Listen to Hands In Wood Gospel song
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