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What did Jesus look like?

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2016-01-17 07:04:22

We do not know for sure-but this is what we do know: he was not

particularly good-looking ( Isaiah 53:2 'He had no form nor

comeliness and when we shall see Him,there is no beauty that we

should desire Him ).

It is most unlikely that he looked like he is portrayed in most


According to Isaiah 53:2, which Christians accept as a reference

to Jesus Christ: "For he shall grow up before him as a tender

plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor

comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we

should desire him." In other words, He had no particular

attractiveness in His human form. No one was drawn to Him for His

looks. The New Testament does not address Jesus' physical

appearance, until the book of Revelation. In Revelation 1:12-16,

John describes the glorified Jesus this way: And I turned to see

the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden

candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like

unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and

girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs

were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a

flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned

in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had

in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp

twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his

strength. ".......according to the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus

was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane before the Crucifixion,

Judas Iscariot had to indicate to the soldiers whom Jesus was

because they could not tell him apart from his disciples. Further

clouding the question of what Jesus looked like is the simple fact

that nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus described, nor have any

drawings of him ever been uncovered. There is the additional

problem of having neither a skeleton nor other bodily remains to

probe for DNA. In the absence of evidence, our images of Jesus have

been left to the imagination of artists. An answer has emerged from

an exciting new field of science: forensic anthropology. Using

methods similar to those police have developed to solve crimes,

British scientists, assisted by Israeli archeologists, have

re-created what they believe is the most accurate image (above) of

the most famous face in human history. No mention is made in the

Gospel record of Jesus' appearance either by His followers or by

His opponents. So any attempt to reconstruct Him is only idle

speculation and in any case is unimportant else it would have been

mentioned. His real work of salvation was important and that is

certainly mentioned along with the fact that He rose from the


Given the fact that He was Jewish, He undoubtedly had Jewish

features and skin color.

Any attempts to reconstruct His appearance cannot be regarded

seriously however, as unlike forensics which deal with real

evidence, which can be checked scientifically, there is no way any

details of Jesus appearance could verifiably be known. Any attempt

to do so would be nothing except pure speculation as are the many

artistic expressions of Him over the years, some coincidentally

closer to the mark than others. Jesus is not available for such

methods to test Him as He ascended into heaven. The three

'representative skulls' from the Jerusalem area ignore the fact

that firstly, Jesus was of Galilean origin on the maternal side,

and secondly, it ignores the possible range of variation within a


The scientific attempts to reconstruct Jesus' appearance can

only tell us the possible physical appearance of the three persons

sampled, and although these may be representative of a total

population (they may also not be), this can only give a general

picture anyway. Assuming it does give an accurate general picture,

this can prove nothing specific about Jesus. His 'lack of

difference' in the Garden of Gethsemane can be accounted for by the

facts that it was dark and that the soldiers also would not have

known Him personally.

So, quite clearly, apart from the Revelation reference which was

of the glorified Christ, we cannot know exactly what He looked

like. Rev.1[15] And his feet like unto fine brass, as if

they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many


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