Magazine article Anglican Journal

What Did Jesus Look like? No One Knows

Magazine article Anglican Journal

What Did Jesus Look like? No One Knows

Article excerpt

"Jesus wept!" is the shortest sentence in the Bible. The fact that Jesus cried is proof that He was fully human as well as divine. Life in Biblical times was, no doubt, very hard, Still, there must have been times when Jesus took time out from preaching and teaching to have a little fun.

No one, of course, knows what Jesus looked like. The pictures of Jesus we have in our minds were put there by ancient artists who used their imagination to depict Him in great works of art such as The Last Supper and the Pieta. The adult Jesus is usually pictured as a tall, auburn-haired serious fellow, while the baby Jesus is invariably blond and blue-eyed. The fact that Jesus was a Semite means he was, in all likelihood, swarthy, with dark hair and eyes.

However, it's not the physical appearance of Jesus that matters. What matters is that the ancient artists always portrayed him as either serious or suffering. It's true that Jesus was a serious person who suffered greatly, and the artists of yore were merely putting the words of the Bible into visual form, though why they never portrayed him in a rage is hard to understand. …

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