The Real Face of Jesus

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Happy Easter to my Christian visitors. This article is from a few years ago but is very good.

From the first time Christian children settle into Sunday school classrooms, an image of Jesus Christ is etched into their minds. In North America he is most often depicted as being taller than his disciples, lean, with long, flowing, light brown hair, fair skin and light-colored eyes. Familiar though this image may be, it is inherently flawed. A person with these features and physical bearing would have looked very different from everyone else in the region where Jesus lived and ministered. Surely the authors of the Bible would have mentioned so stark a contrast. On the contrary, according to the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane before the Crucifixion, Judas Iscariot had to indicate to the soldiers whom Jesus was because they could not tell him apart from his disciples. Further clouding the question of what Jesus looked like is the simple fact that nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus described, nor have any drawings of him ever been uncovered.

5 Comments

  1. I don’t recall where in Scripture it is, but in my reading of it, there is a reference to his appearance. It actually suggests that Jesus is rather comely, certainly not handsome as artists have tried to make Him out to be.

    Also, as a conservative “Bible believing” Christian, in regards to His appearance…Who cares? That is not what it is about. If it were important, God would have said more about it.

    As an aside… I enjoy your Web site. I certainly don’t agree with everything, but hey, good to gain understanding of where people come from and what they think. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hey Eric,

    I don’t even agree with myself half the time šŸ™‚

    I agree with you 100% about who cares what Jesus looked like. I always thought the most important part were his teachings, not if he could be a model.

    Thanks for the compliment.

  3. I saw a KKK publication once that claimed that Jesus was white, as proved by the many paintings we have showing that he’s white. Duhhh…

    Eric, you’re probably thinking of the part in Isaiah that says “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Although that was written long before Jesus was born but Christians take it to be a prophetic reference to Jesus.

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