What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

A Look at the Bible Facts A New Study Redraws Holy Image


The Gospels in the Bible say that Jesus was a Jew who was born around 4 B.C. in Bethlehem and lived in Egypt as a child for a short time before moving to Nazareth. These writings make no mention of what Jesus looked like, aside from some references to the clothing that he and his disciples wore so what did he look like ?  Did Jesus look like what most pictures of Him reveal? Did Jesus have long hair and wear a white robe as the pictures and movies portray?  Did He look different from the rest of the Jews or was He no different from those of His day?

What Did Jesus Look Like? - HISTORY

Additionally, the earliest artistic depictions of Jesus date to at least two centuries after he died, and they provide little credible information about what Jesus may have looked like.

Jesus Was neither Tall nor Remarkably Good Looking.

If Jesus’ appearance was remarkable in any way, the writers of the gospels would have commented on it. For instance, the Gospel of Luke describes a tax collector named Zacchaeus as short.

To get an idea of Jesus’ visage, Taylor turned to archaeology and texts that provide clues about the general appearance of Jews in Judea and Egypt at the time Jesus lived. She also looked at artistic images on coins and Egyptian mummy paintings.

Average, short-haired guy

According to research, rather than towering over others in Judea, Jesus was about 5 foot 5 inches (1.7 meters) tall, or the average height seen in skeletal remains from males there at the time. People in Judea and Egypt tended to have brown eyes, black hair and olive-brown skin, based on surviving archaeological remains, historical texts and depictions of people seen in mummy portraits from Egypt,

There was interaction between Judea and people from Europe (who could have lighter skin) as well as Sudan and Ethiopia (who could have darker skin). But because Jews in Judea and Egypt tended to marry among themselves at the time, Jesus’ skin, eyes and hair probably looked like those of the majority of the people in Judea and Egypt, Surviving texts say that Jews in Egypt couldn’t be physically distinguished from the rest of Egypt’s population around Jesus’ time. [Proof of Jesus Christ? 7 Pieces of Evidence Debated]

Historical records also showed that people in Judea tended to keep their hair (and beards) reasonably short and well-combed, probably to keep out lice, a big problem at the time, Jesus likely did the same. To make the face more specific for Jesus, the Holy Bible was also analysed by the researchers. It was revealed that a verse in the Bible actually characterized long hair as unattractive and a “disgrace”, so it was actually more believable for Jesus to have had short hair.

He could have used a knife to trim his hair and beard, noting that people in the ancient world tended to be more skilled with knives than people are today.

Jesus is portrayed in the gospels as a carpenter who did a lot of walking but at times didn’t have much to eat. This active lifestyle, but lack of regular food, meant that he was probably thin, but somewhat muscular, “Jesus was a man who was physical in terms of the labour that he came from,”

“He shouldn’t be presented as [in] any way someone who was living a soft life, and sometimes that’s the kind of image we get.”

Some aspects of Jesus’ face, such as his mouth and cheeks, are anyone’s guess, Taylor said. He may have had facial scars or skin damage from his work as a carpenter, but there’s no way to tell.

Jesus’ tunic

The gospels, along with surviving archaeological remains, do provide some hints about Jesus’ clothing. He likely wore a woolen, undyed tunic that left his lower legs bare; possibly a loincloth; and a “mantle,” or outer cloak, to stay warm.

His shoes would have looked like modern-day sandals, and the high price of clothing meant that Jesus likely did a lot of mending. Also, unless someone provided him with fresh clothing, what he wore would become more tattered as time went on. From his clothing, you would recognize Jesus as being is just really someone who looked very poor.

A portrait of Jesus Christ was created using artificial intelligence by combining traditional iconography with information about Jesus’ ethnicity and culture during the time and region in which he lived. Most modern historians believe that Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem, a region near Jerusalem in the Middle East, was a man with black skin tones and distinctive facial features. However, modern depictions of Jesus, which are influenced by the Roman expression of Jesus Christ, often show him as a white man with straight hair. While the forensic anthropologists didn’t make a body to depict Jesus accurately, it is known that the average height of a Semite man is only 5’1″ and that he would weight about 110 pounds.

The Western Depiction of Jesus

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This is the face of Jesus Christ that people are aware of, regardless of religion. White, long-haired and sharp nose.

May be a close-up of 1 person and beard

This is the face of Jesus Christ that people are aware of, regardless of religion. White, long-haired and sharp nose.

A More Accurate Jesus

May be an image of 1 person, beard and text
Forensic scientists have carefully constructed a face that would be more representative of Jesus. Yes, this is not the actual, 100% face of Jesus, but is absolutely more accurate than the Western Jesus that we always see.


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