We all need guidance in life, and for many people, faith is the only power that can help us overcome obstacles. Religion is a powerful thing, and many believe there’s a force that controls everything in this world.
When it comes to deities, Jesus Christ is the only savior for some people. He has been showing us the way in life.
But, how did he really look like?
Frescoes in churches describe Him as a middle-aged man with blond hair, fair complexion and bright eyes, probably green or blue.
This appearance was shared among generations, and that’s how many people imagine him.
Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, associate professor of world Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta explains that the culture and tradition of artists affected this belief.
He said, “While Western imagery is dominant, in other parts of the world he is often shown as black, Arab, or Hispanic.”
Did Jesus Christ really look like this?
British scientists and Israeli archaeologists joined forces a few years go. They wanted to give us the answer we’ve been looking for.
They recreated the face using forensic anthropology. Richard Neave, a retired medical artist, and leading scientist of the study, explains that the image they created was the limit of accuracy that can be reached when using all the available data. They took into consideration social lives, habitation and nutrition in the first century AD.
The group of scientists X-rayed three Semite skulls from that era. The sculls were found by Israeli archaeologist. They used computerized tomography to create “slices” of the skulls. In the next stage, they calculated the measurements and did a research on muscle and skin tissues.
That’s how thy built the 3D reconstruction of the face and the cast of the skull. The scientists used clay to finish the face, using the measurements calculated in the process.
When it comes to hair, complexion and eyes, they used the data obtained from artwork found in archaeological sites.
Neave has already reconstructed the faces of King Midas of Phrygia and King Phillip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great.
The final result is really different from what we have seen so far. It shows an image of a bearded man with tanned complexion, hazel eyes, wide face, and short curly hair. These features were common in Middle Eastern Jews in the Galilee area of Northern Israel.
For Neave, this is just a portrait of an adult man who lived in the same era as Jesus.
“This is probably a lot closer to the truth than the work of many great masters,” Allison Galloway, professor of anthropology at the University of California explained.