Jesus Christ is always portrayed as a fair, tall and gentle-looking Caucasian with long light brown hair and light-colored eyes.
But we all know perhaps that the face of Jesus we’ve been seeing in pictures, paintings and other religious artworks is just an intricate imagination of the artists. However, a forensic expert believed they have recreated the ‘real face of Jesus’ using state of the art science.
This is how we usually see Jesus.
But experts revealed that Jesus probably had dark complexion, wide face, and short curly hair.
The lack of physical descriptions in the Bible, past renditions of the Son of God have been mostly based either on hearsay or the artist’s imagination, mainly influenced by the artists’ society where they live in, cultures and traditions.
Dr Richard Neave, a artist from the University of Manchester, used a technique called forensic anthropology, as well as the information from the Bible, to show the real appearance of Christ.
To uncover the real face of Jesus, Neave and his research team X-rayed Semite skulls from the time of Christ, previously discovered by Israeli archaeologists, and used computerized tomography and specialist programs to work out how the muscles and skin should look.
They concluded Jesus had dark eyes and likely bearded, in keeping with Jewish traditions at the time. It is also revealed that Christ had short hair with tight curls. The assumption of his hair comes from a Bible passage by Paul, who wrote: ‘If a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him,’ suggesting Jesus did not have long hair.
After analyzing the skeletal remains of Semite men, they also suggested that Jesus would be just over 5ft tall and weighed around 110lbs, that’s the average build of a Jewish men living in Galilee during his era.