Jewish Journal


November 13, 2011

What did Jesus really look like?


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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