I’m trying to do some research around the concept of poverty. Including the possible standard of living of the historical Jesus. He is referred to as a τεκτων (tekton) in Mark 6:3 – there are some suggesting this may mean “scholar” – with reference to Aramaic and the Talmud http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081205075338AAVzAb3. Can anyone confirm or deny this – giving the actual Aramaic & Talmud references if possible.
Also the standard of living of a τεκτων varies amongst scholars – with some having a τεκτων as poorer than farmers, as they had no land. And some as a class above farmers, with a better standard of living. Suggestions?

Finally – does anyone know when those in vows of poverty, chastity, obedience (or stability, obedience, conversion of life) were put into a category and called “Religious Life”? When is that term first used for such a sifestyle?

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