Joshua: A Parable for Today : When Joshua moves to a small cabin on the edge of town, the local people are mystified by his presence. A quiet and simple man, Joshua appears to seek nothing for himself. He supports himself by working as a carpenter. He charges very little for his services, yet his craftsmanship is exquisite. The statue of Moses that he carves for the local synagogue prompts amazement as well as consternation. What are the townsfolk to make of this enigmatic stranger? Some people report having seen him carry a huge oak log on his shoulders effortlessly. Still others talk about the child in a poor part of town who as dreadfully ill but, after Joshua's visit, recovered completely.