Religion and Soul

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

the real Jesus

Genetic reconstruction from the BBC

It occurred to a team of British scientists that it was a little unlikely for a white Aryan Messiah to be wandering around in Palestine. Wouldn’t the Bible have mentioned it, after all?

Depicted as a good-looking hippie in much of Christian art, was Jesus really as pretty as we imagine? The Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus who lived around 34 A.D., tells us differently:

Both his nature and his form were human: for he was a man of simple appearance, mature age, short growth, three cubits tall (a little over 4 feet), with scanty hair, but having a line in the middle of the head after the fashion of the Naziraeans, eyebrows meeting above the nose so that the spectators could take fright, with a long face, a long nose, and with an undeveloped beard, dark skin, and hunchbacked.

 

It occurred to a team of British scientists that it was a little unlikely for a white Aryan Messiah to be wandering around in Palestine. They worked with a team of Israeli archaeologists and came up with the chap above.

last temptation of christOr if you prefer you can go for the blonde hippy of the Last Temptation of Christ. No slight on the superb acting of William Dafoe but you’d think the New Testament would point out something as noteworthy as an Aryan Messiah…