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What Did Jesus Look Like?
The Gospel Coalition ^ | 07/10/2013 | Justin Taylor

Posted on 07/10/2013 2:46:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The answer, of course, is that we don’t know.

We do know that Jesus was probably in his early 30s when he began his ministry and would not have had long hair.

It’s fair to assume that Jesus had a beard, in light of first-century Jewish culture and tradition—though Scripture doesn’t say this explicitly. (Isaiah 50:6 says the suffering servant, ultimately exemplified in Jesus, has his beard plucked out, but the NT doesn’t cite this).

Isaiah’s messianic prophecy suggests that there was nothing unusually attractive about him (“he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him,” Isa. 53:2)—though it’s taking it too far to say that he was thereby unattractive or homely.

He was a Galilean Jew who spent a lot of time outdoors, so his skin tone would likely be a darker olive color, as is typical of those in Mediterranean countries.

In December 2002 Popular Mechanics did a cover story called “The Real Face of Jesus.” The positioning of the piece was obviously sensationalistic. But it was nevertheless quite interesting. Using “forensic anthropology” scientists and archaeologists combined to investigate what a first-century Galilean Semite might have looked like, with medical artist Richard Neave commissioned to do the rendering. The article describes the process:

The first step for Neave and his research team was to acquire skulls from near Jerusalem, the region where Jesus lived and preached. Semite skulls of this type had previously been found by Israeli archeology experts, who shared them with Neave.With three well-preserved specimens from the time of Jesus in hand, Neave used computerized tomography to create X-ray “slices” of the skulls, thus revealing minute details about each one’s structure. Special computer programs then evaluated reams of information about known measurements of the thickness of soft tissue at key areas on human faces. This made it possible to re-create the muscles and skin overlying a representative Semite skull.

The entire process was accomplished using software that verified the results with anthropological data. From this data, the researchers built a digital 3D reconstruction of the face. Next, they created a cast of the skull. Layers of clay matching the thickness of facial tissues specified by the computer program were then applied, along with simulated skin. The nose, lips and eyelids were then modeled to follow the shape determined by the underlying muscles.

How tall would a first-century Jew be? “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.” I admit that it feels a bit strange to think of being over a foot taller than Jesus! But it’s good to have our cultural preconceptions—even prejudices—challenged.

Of course no depiction can tell us what Jesus looked like for sure. But the following rendering is undoubtedly closer to reality than the typical rendering by artists and film-makers:



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1 posted on 07/10/2013 2:46:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A Jewish man? Just a guess here...


2 posted on 07/10/2013 2:53:55 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: SeekAndFind

The Shroud of Turin would probably be the best place to start.


3 posted on 07/10/2013 2:55:42 PM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: 5thGenTexan
~~~A Jewish man?~~~

Yes, and:


4 posted on 07/10/2013 2:56:03 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: MNDude
The Shroud of Turin would probably be the best place to start.


5 posted on 07/10/2013 2:56:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: MNDude

And, as a sacrificial lamb, without blemish.


6 posted on 07/10/2013 2:57:46 PM PDT by Errant
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To: F15Eagle

RE: Yes, and:

“He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
(Isaiah 53:2)


7 posted on 07/10/2013 2:58:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, excellent quote. He may have been ugly as a mud fence, especially after being beaten by Roman guards.

But He is beautiful in the Father’s Redemptive Sacrifice and that’s all that counts.

:)


8 posted on 07/10/2013 2:59:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jesus' facial reconstruction based on the Shroud of Turin:
9 posted on 07/10/2013 3:00:48 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: SeekAndFind
A painting from around the 6th century:


10 posted on 07/10/2013 3:04:06 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: SeekAndFind

11 posted on 07/10/2013 3:04:25 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SeekAndFind

We do know that Jesus was probably in his early 30s when he began his ministry and would not have had long hair.

The comment about length of hair is divorced from history and the realities of that day.

In fact, Jesus of Nazaruth could very well have been wearing hair down to his shoulders at a maximum and certainly past his ears minimally.

It takes very few web searches to discover this but, as a child I was not allowed to be a teacher for 3rd grade bible studies, as my hair was about 3/4 of an inch past the top of my ears.

I wore my hair that way to cover what is called a Darwinian Lobe, which other kids would make fun of and call me “Spock”. Didn’t care about the Spock comment but, wanted to be my own person.

The point of how a man or woman ought to dress has to with removing ambiguity and confusion about your gender.

For instance, during Christ’s time nearly everyone wore robes. Today, we associate robes with women.

However, it begs then “What was the difference between men’s clothing and women’s, as well, the difference between their hair?”

On the issue of clothing it would amount to cut and design of the clothing that more closely matches the body types of men and women respectively.

Additionally, the adornment of effeminate qualities that, really, chicks would be expected to wear and would be odd for a man to wear.

The same can be said for how a man wears his hair and the way a woman wears hers.


12 posted on 07/10/2013 3:04:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

This face looks a little too Arab to be Hebrew. In the end, it doesn’t matter if He looked like Justin Bieber. He was the most important figure in human history, and He is risen.


13 posted on 07/10/2013 3:07:09 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

My husband and I watched a program that used the Shroud as a basis for a computer program that created the face of the man in the shroud. It somewhat resembled the common portrait we see. The really chilling comparison is the face created by this program compared to the famous painting of Jesus done by the young girl who claims to have been taken to heaven. It’s the same face. http://blog.godreports.com/2012/01/for-child-art-prodigy-akiane-jesus-is-for-real/


14 posted on 07/10/2013 3:07:48 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: MNDude

BINGO!


15 posted on 07/10/2013 3:09:18 PM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: SeekAndFind

Jesus is a Rabbi for the House of Hillel. He looks like a Rabbi, and he looked like a Rabbi. Jesus is still alive and is still with us.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 3:10:25 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: SeekAndFind

Walking everywhere, a carpenter, probably dark skinned, rugged, dirty, and didn’t smell too good. Wore loose clothing to catch the sweat and when the wind blew, cooled him down. bearded, scruffy looking. Would look like any bum out on the corner.


17 posted on 07/10/2013 3:11:51 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Q: The worst president in US history?)
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To: SeekAndFind

That depiction doesn’t appear to be a person that could influence and direct many disciples, as well as thousands of believers to follow. That Jesus does not appear to be a calming influence that exudes leadership.

Conversely, the depictions based upon an interpretation of the Turin shroud, indicates a more mature leader, one to be more respectful toward, one more acknowledging of his status among his followers.

Finally, who knows what Jesus looked like!


18 posted on 07/10/2013 3:12:10 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: SeekAndFind
That would be my guess.........

But I don't care..........

19 posted on 07/10/2013 3:13:13 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Check out the video at this link: http://www.godvine.com/12-Year-Old-Prodigy-Paints-her-Visions-of-Heaven-43.html for a certain young artist's impression.
20 posted on 07/10/2013 3:13:47 PM PDT by Errant
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
What Did Jesus Look Like?


21 posted on 07/10/2013 3:15:06 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Harriet Meiers is looking pretty good right about now.)
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To: Wiser now

Her rendition looks like Kenny Loggins. :)


22 posted on 07/10/2013 3:18:46 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda; Jeff Chandler

Si — he put down his Mexican Bagpipes to pose for that shot.


23 posted on 07/10/2013 3:19:03 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: SeekAndFind

According to that shroud image it seems true what the paintings have depicted Him as looking. Seems the eyes at least are the same.

Whatever He looks like, he’s beautiful.


24 posted on 07/10/2013 3:19:51 PM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: MNDude
http://catinfor.com/en/2010/04/01/photo-history-channels-reconstruction-of-christs-face-based-on-shroud-of-turin/

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/36137338#36137338

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/7538773/Is-this-the-real-face-of-Jesus.html

25 posted on 07/10/2013 3:25:36 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a hard time accepting Popular Mechanics as a source for this.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 3:25:53 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s Walter Matthau with a beard. I agree with the posters who point to the Shroud of Turin. I believe it is genuine, and I would therefore believe that Jesus looked like the recreation based on the Shroud.


27 posted on 07/10/2013 3:26:01 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Shroud held a man who was 5’8” tall.


28 posted on 07/10/2013 3:27:28 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Truth2012
Jesus is a Rabbi for the House of Hillel. He looks like a Rabbi, and he looked like a Rabbi.

Is there a requirement to have a certain "look", in order to be a Rabbi?

29 posted on 07/10/2013 3:27:48 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks!


30 posted on 07/10/2013 3:28:00 PM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Romans 1:18-32)
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To: Spruce

If you say so. I don’t know who he is.


31 posted on 07/10/2013 3:28:46 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Jeff Winston

That looks very close to the Shroud reconstruction in #9.


32 posted on 07/10/2013 3:29:29 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Alex Murphy

He looks like the Son of God. :)


33 posted on 07/10/2013 3:30:17 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Wiser now
She found someone who looked like Jesus and asked him to be her model.

Apparently, her painting is very close to how Jesus has shown Himself to Colin Burpo, especially his eyes, which Colin thought was His most memorable feature.

34 posted on 07/10/2013 3:36:10 PM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Romans 1:18-32)
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To: Wiser now
My husband and I watched a program that used the Shroud as a basis for a computer program that created the face of the man in the shroud. It somewhat resembled the common portrait we see.

I saw that program also (History Channel.) They did a great job detailing how they conducted their research, and went about constructing what they thought the face would look like. I got chills at the end of the program when they revealed the face, with the eyes opening, etc. I thought the program was very well done, and was presented in a very respectful manner.

35 posted on 07/10/2013 3:37:43 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: SeekAndFind

Protestants come up with the goofiest depictions.

Take a look at the Shroud.


36 posted on 07/10/2013 3:40:09 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: SeekAndFind

Samson had long hair, but what is long? Shoulder length hair was perhaps not considered long. Hair down the back would surely be considered long.


37 posted on 07/10/2013 3:40:22 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: F15Eagle

He looked like the Son of God. What ever it was, he was a charismatic speaker and a leader of men. A true prophet in every way — his features are not important-—His Message of Love is the real thing. He wasn’t a movie star or a hero of the Arena, he wasn’t a singer or write, statesman or inventor—he was the greatest man who ever lived.


38 posted on 07/10/2013 3:46:41 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I think the savior of the world just chuckled a bit. Great Post.


39 posted on 07/10/2013 3:50:13 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Errant

AWESOME!

“Without Faith, you can’t communicate with God”

TT


40 posted on 07/10/2013 3:51:11 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: arthurus

wow! that’s fascinating!


41 posted on 07/10/2013 3:51:41 PM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure I’m out-of-step with most here, but I do not believe it’s biblical to depict Christ in any manner. On the basis of Exodus 20:4-6, among other passages, I believe it’s forbidden idolatry to paint pictures of Jesus Christ or portray Him in movies. Graven images are forbidden because God is a Spirit, not to be conceived of or fashioned in man’s image, or the image of any other created thing.

Exodus 20
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

And in Romans 1, the Apostle Paul wrote:

22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.


42 posted on 07/10/2013 3:52:18 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m pretty sure this is a picture of Ronald Reagan.....


43 posted on 07/10/2013 3:53:48 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: SeekAndFind; zot

I agree. The tv show where that face was created from the shroud of turnin was excellent.


44 posted on 07/10/2013 4:07:48 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe he looked like any other young adult Israeli, just with more beard and less gun - well, he already had the most powerful weapon in the universe at his disposal.


45 posted on 07/10/2013 4:08:02 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: GreyFriar; SeekAndFind

I agree with the facial reconstruction based on the Shroud of Turin.


46 posted on 07/10/2013 4:27:47 PM PDT by zot
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To: MNDude

One of the good programs the History Channel produced was a documentary of the reconstruction of His Face using images from the Shroud. It actually brought tears to my eyes and awe to my heart when they showed the computer image.


47 posted on 07/10/2013 4:30:50 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Hostage
As for Samson, "long" means however long it would have grown had it never been cut. Long enough, indeed, that it was possible to weave it into the cloth on a loom (Judges 16:13-14).

Samson, of course was a Nazirite, which is a bit more involved than being a Nazarene...

48 posted on 07/10/2013 4:33:39 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: GreenHornet

I thought the program was very well done, and was presented in a very respectful manner.

&&&
I agree. I was pleasantly surprised, considering the agenda the History Channel seems to have these days.


49 posted on 07/10/2013 4:35:29 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Vendome

I have a 4-year-old grandson who is presently at the stage of delineating what is appropriate behavior and appearance for boys vs. girls. Recently, I was reading to him a book about God and the angels.

When he saw a picture of God the Father, in which He was depicted with a long white beard and long white hair, he made no comment. But when we turned to a picture of Jesus, my little sweet pea wanted to know why Jesus had long hair in the picture, as it made him look like a girl.

I tried to explain to the child that long hair was in style for men when Jesus was on the Earth. In all earnestness, my grandson asked, “Well, don’t they have any barbers up there?”


50 posted on 07/10/2013 4:46:02 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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