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Apocrypha of the New Testament.: Chapter XI
Chapter XI.—How Jesus Made a Short Piece of Wood of the Same Length as a Longer One.
And Jesus reached the age of eight years. Joseph was a master builder, 1770 and used to make ploughs and ox-yokes. And one day a rich man p. 403 said to Joseph: Master, make me a couch, both useful and beautiful. And Joseph was in distress, because the wood which he had brought 1771 for the work was too short. And Jesus said to him: Do not be annoyed. Take hold of this piece of wood by one end, and I by the other; I and let us draw it out. And they did so; and immediately he found it useful for that which he wished. And He said to Joseph: Behold, do the work which thou wishest. And Joseph, seeing what He had done, embraced Him, and said: Blessed am I, because God hath given me such a son.
But probably architector here is equal to τέκτων, a carpenter.403:1771
Perhaps sectum, cut, is the true reading, and not actum.
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