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Joseph's Workbench

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1
    The other night I was in a pub that has been converted from a disused church, they have kept the stained glass windows. One of the windows depicts an angel telling Joseph, the good news, that his fiancée is up the duff, in the background is a carpenter's bench with a vice. I know that about 0 AD they would have known about screw threads from Archimedes's screws, but had they developed a female screw thread and all the engineering possibilities (as well as the vice) that this implies?
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  3. Sep 12, 2011 #2


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    The artist that made the design for the stained glass would most likely not have much historical knowledge, so would have just placed a tool that he was familiar with. Remember, the stained glass would depict knowledge from the time when the window was made, not the time of Jesus' birth.
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