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What did Jesus look like?
No one really knows.
For hundreds of years after the crucifixion, Jesus was depicted as a blonde, curly-haired, beardless youth. It was not intended to be an accurate portrait. It was borrowed from pictures of Alexander the Great.
Early Christians were eager to convert Greeks and Romans to Christianity and so appropriated the image of the great conquered as a symbol for the risen Christ who conquered death. Early statues of Jesus often show him carrying a lamb across his shoulders, which was a standard way to depict the Greek god Apollo, who was also associated with Alexander.
In 2004, Jesus was voted greatest black icon of all time by the New Nation newspaper, which prompted a debate about Jesus’ skin colour. “Despite the common depictions in Western cultures of Jesus as a blond, blue-eyed hippy looking man, all reasonable evidence points to the fact that Jesus could not have been of Scandinavian extraction and certainly was a brotha of colour,” said the paper.
History is on the side of a dark-skinned Jesus. Some of the oldest images of Christ show him with the dark, olive-coloured skin of Mediterranean people. One very early mosaic image of Jesus has him with very dark skin, and the images of Ethiopian Christianity – one of the oldest branches of the Christian church – show Jesus as a black person, with an African hairstyle and beard.
Originally posted by Bombeni
Here is an accurate or as close as possibly accurate image of Jesus, created from the Shroud of Turin:
Originally posted by groingrinder
I find it hilarious that Christianity would base the image of Christ on a raging homo. But then, some Popes have been raging homos as well, so it should come as no surprise.