This Science-Based Face Of Jesus Will Make Conservative Heads Explode
by STEPHEN D FOSTER JR –
Someone once said, “President Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.”
And forensic anthropology can at least confirm that Jesus did, indeed, have brown skin.
As the invented day of Jesus’ birth approaches, most conservative “Christians” believe that Jesus is a blue-eyed, light-haired, white guy who founded America. This is what most people call denial.
The fact is that Jesus, if he existed at all, lived in Israel over 2000 years ago and looked totally different from the Jesus conservatives want our children to learn about.
Richard Neave is a retired medical artist from The University of Manchester in England. Working with British and Israeli forensic anthropologists, Neave was able to put together what Jesus really looked like using skulls from the area and time period in which Jesus lived, and the results will have conservatives ranting for years of Christmases to come.
According to Popular Mechanics:
Two key factors could not be determined from the skull—Jesus’s hair and coloration. To fill in these parts of the picture, Neave’s team turned to drawings found at various archaeological sites, dated to the first century. Drawn before the Bible was compiled, they held crucial clues that enabled the researchers to determine that Jesus had dark rather than light-colored eyes. They also pointed out that in keeping with Jewish tradition, he was bearded as well.
It was the Bible, however, that resolved the question of the length of Jesus’s hair. While most religious artists have put long hair on Christ, most biblical scholars believe that it was probably short with tight curls.
The experts point to 1 Corinthians as proof that Jesus had short hair, because the apostle Paul condemns long hair as a “disgrace.”
In one chapter he mentions having seen Jesus—then later describes long hair on a man as disgraceful. Would Paul have written “If a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him” if Jesus Christ had had long hair? For Neave and his team this settled the issue. Jesus, as drawings from the first century depict, would have had short hair, appropriate to men of the time.
The team also estimate Jesus to be just over 5 feet tall and 110 pounds with a more muscular build because he was a carpenter for most of his life and the height and weight were the average at the time.
Using computer technology, Neave was able to produce the image below to represent what Jesus really looked like.
Neave explained that while his rendering isn’t the actual face of Jesus since there is no skeletal remains or DNA to work with, but it’s a good representation of what Semites looked like at the time.
Nevertheless, Alison Galloway, professor of anthropology at the University of California in Santa Cruz concluded that Neave’s rendition of Jesus “is probably a lot closer to the truth than the work of many great masters.”
In short, Jesus wasn’t a white guy. He looked like the people conservatives are busy discriminating against today. So the next time a conservative claims that Jesus was white, just show them this and enjoy the fireworks that result.
Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info