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If you ran into Jesus today, you would most likely see a very small, black little guy with rugged looks, a muscular posture, dark, curly hair and a large nose.
The bible doesn’t contain any description of Jesus. But we do know that the image we have of Jesus today, was only created many hundreds of years later, in the Middle Ages.
In those days, artists began picturing Jesus as a typical saint, with handsome, European looks and an angelic appearance. This is basically how we still picture Jesus today – from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of The Christ’!
But in the meantime, historians and other scientists agree that the real Jesus must have looked very different. First, we know for sure that Jesus didn’t have long hair. The New Testament explicitly calls it ‘a disgrace’ if a man had long hair (Cor 11:14).
Also, it’s almost certain that Jesus wasn’t tall and white. After all, he wasn’t an Anglo-Saxon, but a carpenter’s son from the Middle East.
Medical examiners have put this to the test. In 2002, researchers from the University of Manchester used skulls from first century Palestine, historical texts and facial reconstruction software to reconstruct what an average man in those days must have looked like.
They came up with a broad face with short, curly hair, a prominent nose and a dark skin. An average peasant from those days would have been 5 foot and 1 inch tall (1,55 meter).
If the bible is accurate, Jesus also must have had hardened, muscular looks, because he worked as a construction worker with Joseph in Nazareth until he was about 30 years old. In those days, this meant: intense, outdoor physical labour with primitive tools, saws, hammers, chunks of wood and stones.
There goes the frail, skinny Jesus we see in catholic churches!
Another clue is that in the gospels, Jesus’ looks don’t stand out. If the bible is correct, he must have looked like any other guy. When he was arrested, Judas Icariot had to point him out with a kiss (in Matt 26:48). According to the gospel of John, Jesus had to tell the Romans who he was (John 18:3-9).
But there is also some evidence that Jesus was noticeably ugly. In Byzantine citations of a now lost text of the Roman historian Josephus Flavius, Jesus is said to have been three cubits tall (that’s three human underarms tall – almost a midget!), crooked and dark-skinned.
In fact, the texts explicitly describe Jesus as being very ugly. He was almost completely bold, had a long nose and eyebrows that touched each other. Jesus looked much older than he really was, the Byzantine texts read.
Among the first christians, it was a well-known fact that Christ wasn’t exactly Mr. Handsome. Around the year 200 AD, the church father Tertullian strongly opposed the notion that Jesus looked angelic. Instead, Tertullian called Jesus a ‘puerulus’: that’s Latin for ‘wretched little fellow’.
But we must add: we can’t be sure how accurate this is. After all, Tertullian lived two centuries after Jesus, and his goal may have been to picture Jesus as a frail and ordinary human being, instead of a heavenly creature.
"Halloween is a liberal holiday because we're teaching our children to beg for something for free. … We're teaching kids to knock on other people's doors and ask for a handout." —Fox News host Sean Hannity (October 31, 2007)
"I went to the movie this weekend with a gun. And surprise, surprise, I didn't kill anybody!" --Glenn Beck
"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'"
"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 - except Goldwater in '64 - the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted."
"I'm a Christian first, and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don't you ever forget it."
Fox News anchor declares that 'Jesus and Santa are 'verifiably white'
Funny how many people get worked up over skin color - especially considering we are talking about two fictitious characters.
People should take note though. Colors can be light medium or dark.
I don't give a crap either way. This is a stupid subject to argue about imo.
Arguing about St. Nick, who was originally Greek before Currier & Ives got their hands on him, is one thing. But as for Jesus, people have been arguing about his skin color since the earliest days of American history. You might even call it an American tradition.
It seems that now, if you want to call Christ — or even Santa — white, you should expect a fierce fight.
The immediate and widespread rebuttal showcases how much America has changed over the past few decades. The nation not only has a black president, but also has refused to endorse the Christian savior as white.
Since the earliest days of America, Jesus was thought of as a white man.
When white Protestant missionaries brought Bibles and whitened images of Jesus to Native Americans, at least a few mocked what they saw.
Even Martin Luther King Jr. claimed that Jesus was white, after being asked why God created Jesus as a white man.
King responded that the color of Christ’s skin didn’t matter. Jesus would have been just as important “if His skin had been black.” He “is no less significant because His skin was white.”