Jewish Journal

What did Jesus really look like?

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 13, 2011 | 3:43 pm

Nothing like the dozens of images you would find at the Wikipedia page for Jesus. No one knows for sure, and I suspect that most of us picture Jesus having shoulder-length brown hair, a beard covering lightly tanned cheeks and piercing brown eyes. (Either that or Jim Caviezel.) But what if Jesus looked more like this guy?

Richard Neave, a medical artist utilizing techniques in the field of forensic anthropology, told Popular Mechanics that Jesus’ skull would have been similar to that of a Galilean Semite. No surprise there. His skin would have been darker than the Westernized version of Jesus. Also not a surprise. But his hair would have been short.

An excerpt of the story from Mike Fillon:

The historic record also resolved the issue of Jesus’s height. From an analysis of skeletal remains, archeologists had firmly established that the average build of a Semite male at the time of Jesus was 5 ft. 1 in., with an average weight of about 110 pounds. Since Jesus worked outdoors as a carpenter until he was about 30 years old, it is reasonable to assume he was more muscular and physically fit than westernized portraits suggest. His face was probably weather-beaten, which would have made him appear older, as well.

Read the rest here.

(h/t: Torch)

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