Have you ever thought about what Jesus really looked like? Did it ever cross your mind if the image or paintings of Jesus were actually accurate? The image of Jesus that is widely known by people across the world is a long-haired man wearing cream shabby robes and sandals and is white-skinned with blue eyes. It is completely common knowledge for everyone. Even when we were young, we could see those images in different books, movies, paintings, sculptures, and even in churches. Having this image be accepted by everyone, we believed it was right. We are wrong. The widely known image is not accurate at all. Joan Taylor, a historian and a professor in Christian Origin and second template in Judaism at King’s College in London had collected information and proof that Jesus looked entirely different from the one we were used to.
Why Do Historical Painters Portray Him Like This?
Do you have any idea how Jesus’ image was created? Did you ever think that maybe one of the closest people of Jesus back in their time passed down an illustration of his image so we can all know how the Messiah looked like? Well, it was actually the opposite. People who were close to Jesus during their era rarely made a description of how Jesus looked like. It’s not like they forgot about it or they were too busy with what’s happening at that time that they had no time to do so. They actually did it on purpose to avoid idolatry. It was also included in the commandments of God. They believed that Jesus’ greatness can’t be contained in an image that is why no depiction of Jesus was ever made during that era. However, in the latter days after Jesus’ time, he became a famous man. He was widely known by many. Having no depiction of Jesus was a challenge for the painters but it did not become a problem as they created an image of Jesus in their own ideas. They made HIm somewhat similar to the Roman Gods.
Out Of This World Accessories
Our historical experts nowadays have discovered that there is something wrong with the famous image of Jesus that is being extensively rolled out. They noticed that the accessories of the Messiah in the images or portrays do not match to the era that He lived in. In the study of Joan Taylor, it was mentioned how Jesus really looked like back in His era. The Messiah’s appearance was described as ordinary and that He was just like a simple man. A contrast to the images of Him sitting in a royal chair and wearing jewelry circulating broadly.
What Is Written In The Bible?
What do you think the reactions of the religious people around the world would be if they are confronted about how Jesus really looked like back in the day? The Messiah’s real and accurate appearance has been a long argument of some religious people. Some would even bring out and provide proofs to show their statement’s accuracy and validity. Other religious groups would even dive into the argument. Some based their argument into the evidence that can be found in the Bible. Many are telling us that Jesus was just an average man and does not look anything out of ordinary. Based on Joan Taylor’s study, The Messiah was also described as a normal being during those times.
The Messiah’s appearance has been a long topic of arguments, debates, and studies of experts, historians, religious groups, or even common people with interests in this topic. Yet, we still have indefinite reasons why we could not gather much information and evidence related to this matter. Especially now in our era where a lot of resources for research are made available for people who wish to dive in more in this subject. A hundred years ago, painters or artists created the image of The Messiah in their own ideas and desire. Of course, it was affected and influenced by their cultural settings, beliefs, and theories in that era. Some are also using their own style and create different symbols with corresponding meaning to their arts.
The Good Shepherd
Many images of Jesus or The Messiah have been out in the open for hundreds of years already. They have different versions of how The Messiah looked like. When you search His photos on the internet, you’d be blown away by how many depictions of Jesus are there! One of those photos, you might be able to see the one where Jesus was portrayed in a grassland together with many sheep. These paintings or images were created by the allegorical painters whose desire was to make Jesus a good shepherd. Being a shepherd means somehow being a leader where people will follow your lead and this is what the painters were trying to convey in those images.
The Picture Is In The Stone
Have you ever seen different images and portrayals of Jesus? You can check them on the internet for you to have an idea but I doubt that there’s nothing that came into your mind. Portrayals and depictions of The Messiah have been everywhere and are being accepted extensively. In the middle period, it was expected and believed that the depiction of The Messiah as a bearded caucasian would be accepted widely and naturally. However, even with the said image’s existence, the depiction of The Messiah as a good shepherd became the most famous one with His appearance as long-haired, bearded, and wearing cream-colored clothes. This depiction is very common nowadays and what we’re also using.
A lot of historical painters want to create an image of The Messiah based on their own knowledge about Him. Having a detailed guide on how Jesus looked like back in the day or during His era would be a great help. However, even in the Bible, there were no illustrative descriptions or statements made with regard to the physical appearance of Jesus. This situation made the artists or historical painters create portrayals of Jesus based on the earlier paintings and images of The Messiah created by the previous painters. They have connected the images and created a similar image of Jesus.
An Improved Image And Feature
After Jesus’ death, He became widely known. He began to be the subjects of hundreds or maybe thousands of painters, even up to this day. However, sources were to determine his appearance being unavailable back in the day. His images were crafted in the minds of the earlier painters. These days, images and features of Jesus are being improved to create new ones. It’s what they do to create their own ideal image of the subject. First, they would create their own idea of how the image will turn out then they would use the image of Jesus, created by the painters back in the day, and use it as a base.
Original Work Of Art
Do you have any idea about Greek Mythology? Ever heard about the Gods? How about Zeus? If you don’t, go and check on it, you’d be amazed by how he looked. But to spill the tea, the Greek God Zeus was compared to the image of Jesus. He also has long hair, is bearded, and wears a white robe which really somehow looks like Jesus. It’s actually pretty amazing as it made us remember him easier when we see his images when mentioned in Green Mythology stories. Of course, it’s every painter’s goal to create another masterpiece in their own way yet every image and depiction makes us feel the same way.
It’s Not The Same
It looks like Zeus was quite popular back then. Given his image and figure’s complication, still, some painters or artists find it amazing by how God Zeus was made. Have a quick peek of how the portrays were made back in the era or age of the Roman Emperor Augustus, you may notice that he seems to be very fond of how Zeus looks and that there are similarities between their appearances. You might see that the Roman Emperor Augustus does not look like his true self.
Somehow The Same With Zeus
Have you ever seen what the Roman Emperor Augustus looked like? If yes, it might have crossed your mind that he somehow looked like someone else. Don’t you? Well, read on to know why. Back in the era of Emperor Augustus, the people liked to see complicated things and were more likely interested in such. Emperor Augustus then instructed his sculptor to add a few specific details to his sculpture to achieve an image he desired; and that was Zeus. His real appearance was described as a man with short hair and totally clean-shaven man which is contrary to the sculpture.
The Last Supper
Images and portrays of The Messiah have been popular across different countries and religions, especially the Last Supper. The Last Supper is a portrayal of Jesus having dinner with his followers. Studies also have been conducted with regards to Jesus’ appearances. One of the most widely known was Joan Taylor’s study. She had collected evidence and information that Jesus will never sit on the throne like the one portrayed in The Last Supper. She mentioned that this was never the life Jesus was living back in His era.
The Modern Look
Nowadays, artists have improved the feature and image of The Messiah’s portrays. It was reported that some original works of some artists have been altered, which made the historians curious and dig into it more. With lots of variations of Jesus’ image, but having the same base subject, we were led to believe that it was really how he looked like, but we were wrong to trust that. HIstorians, being the ones more knowledgeable about these certain issues, made a point that artists or painters evolved their arts and the images of Jesus into an evangelical concept.
The Perfect Image
Hundreds of years ago, images or portrayals of Jesus have been created by hundreds or maybe thousands of artists. Can you imagine how many images of Jesus have been already by this time? Even after numerous studies, it is still now clear and confirmed how Jesus really looked like back then. However, up to this day, we still expect to see him as the long-haired and bearded man that we used to know. Also, the man who’s wearing the white robe and sandals, let’s not forget about that to complete the look. Some portrayals even have halos. Joan Taylor, a professor, and a historian said that the artists of such masterpieces wanted people to see Jesus as holy.
Do you notice the similarities between some superheroes aside from them being all-powerful? Similarities in their appearances to be exact. Artists created and molded the image of The Messiah as a holy being. One thing that is similar to the features of Jesus and some of the superheroes in our time, especially the Greek Gods, is the hair. Can we now conclude that long hair meant power? In our era, some of the superheroes do have long hair and it automatically describes them as mighty persons. This similarity of the feature with The Messiah could mean that they are as powerful as He is.
Is He Just An Ordinary Human Being?
Is The Messiah just an ordinary human being like the rest of us? This question has been in the minds of many backs then as His appearance has been questioned for how many times ever since. Some people from the authorities have collected proofs and evidence that The Messiah really looked like the way we have known him for a long time. If so, His features are more likely natural compared to the other illustrations of people made back then. These two cents made people conclude that he might be the Savior or just an ordinary human being.
An Evidence Of What He Really Looked Like
What do you think could be the best evidence to determine the real appearance of The Messiah? Hundreds of years ago, evidence and proofs were collected that certifies the accuracy of the shroud of Turin was Jesus’ burial shroud. It was also mentioned that they have proof that they found a clear picture of The Messiah’s body. In the same location, some artifacts were also discovered. Well, if that’s the case, determining the true appearance of Jesus will be easier.
Some Philosophers Question The Evidence
The Shroud of Turin or Turin Shroud, as people call it nowadays, has been a subject of arguments over the years. Of course, arguments which are relative to its accuracy. It is believed that the shroud was used to cover the body of The Messiah and that it was found with a fainted image of a bearded man together with bloodstains in areas where Jesus was wounded. Despite those key points made with regards to the holy relic, a historian and lecturer in America who questions and unsure of the accuracy of the said relic. He said that a scam is already taking place and occurring during that era so it is not impossible for people who believe that it was indeed Jesus’ shroud to fool other people and make money out of it.
What Does He Really Look Like?
In the medieval era, there were a lot of different versions of the Messiah created. It was accepted because there were really no illustrations left by the people in Jesus’ era of how He really looked like. Artists created their own image of Jesus. In the current era, where many research instruments are made available, there are people who are interested in knowing the facts of history. One example is Joan and her group. They studied the collected ancient relics and observed the remnants that were found in the believed burial site of Jesus. Having this close to the memories of the past makes them a little bit closer to the truth too. They studied and used those items to find what Jesus really looked like back then. They also believed that it is the best way to verify the accuracy of the images of Jesus that are widely circulating all over the world.
They Have Different Fashion Statement
Joan and her team were really determined individuals when it comes to finding out the truth behind the real appearance of Jesus back in the day when He was still alive. She even gathered up information about the clothing of the people in that era given the chance that that was also what he was wearing in His everyday life back then. The cloak is the common clothing that people wear during that era. Even the royal families and clergies, a group of people ordained to do religious duties, were also wearing such clothing. However, in the Bible, it was mentioned that John the Baptist had worn different types of clothing while none was mentioned with regards to the Messiah’s.
What Is He Wearing?
When you want to learn about something and are very passionate about it, you never stop until you find something out. May it be a small detail or a huge discovery, everything matters. That’s what probably Joan and her group have had in mind while trying to find out the true appearance of the Messiah. Being the determined individuals that they are, their hard work finally paid off. After studying the scrolls and illustrations from the period of ancient Egypt. They finally discovered what the ordinary people back in Jesus’ era were wearing at that time. They have found accurate descriptions with regard to the clothing in that specific era.
The Tunics Are Not Long
After numerous studies, the female historian, Joan, discovered some evidence and thought that the ordinary men back in the era of Jesus were wearing a tunic. For those who do not know what Tunic is, it is a piece of loose body garment starting from the neck and ending just above the knee. It was found to be similar to the illustrations that were found. Men wear loose tunic so that they can move freely and faster while doing their work and it makes them flexible too. Garments that are longer than the knee-length tunic are considered impractical and not an item of daily clothing for these ordinary men.
Only Upper-Class Can Wear Full-Length Robes
Not only did Joan discover that Tunics were the common clothing for ordinary people back in that period of time, but she also discovered what the upper class was wearing during those times. People back in that time were also classified in different levels of social groups. One of the indications that you belong in the upper class is when you wear a full-length robe as it does speak that you do not have to work to make a living during those times. The female historian believed that Jesus did not wear that kind of clothing as he was described as simple and modest. It was then added as additional evidence and reference as to how the Messiah really looked like.
The Color Is Dull
It has finally concluded that the Messiah did not wear any fancy clothes, robes, and cloaks, during his era. Thanks to the historian, who studied a lot, just to justify and make this statement become a fact. Jesus was just wearing what the average men were wearing during those times; a tunic. Despite this revelation, there’s still an unanswered question with regard to his clothing. Is the color of his clothing anything like how we’ve known it? The tunics worn by the ordinary men back then were just made of plain wool and there were no available items nor processes before to make such type of clothing in the color of white. This only means that it is impossible for the Messiah to wear such a color of tunics. However, it was stated in the Bible that Jesus was wearing white and shiny clothing when he was resurrected.
Various portrayals of the Messiah have scattered all around the world. However, when the female historian discovered the scrolls and illustrations, an additional feature of Jesus’ image became known. In the illustrations, it was found out that the robe or cloak that the Messiah was wearing has a bluish cape or veil wrapped over. It was another question that no one has the answer to yet. It was believed that there could be an underlying meaning of why it was colored in blue. Although historians do not know the answer to this question either. They also thought that there could be no meaning at all behind it.
Not A Traditional Mantle
Have you seen any movies that portray the life of Jesus including his crucifixion? There are numbers of films to watch for you to witness the crucifixion of Jesus and how it was like; Passion of the Christ, Son of Gods, and many more. In those films and in the illustrations found by the historian, it was seen that the Messiah wore a short tunic and a cape. It was believed that the robe was not just a regular or the traditional mantle that the people wore during that era instead, it was a prayer mantle.
Not One But Two
Unveiling information about the history during the time of the Messiah must have been pretty amazing. Discovering facts and evidence that can contribute to enlighten the minds of many is something to be proud of definitely. Like the historians whose passion was really to educate people of actual facts on what went down in history. There were a lot of discovered facts and illustrations throughout the study and venture of determining the Messiah’s real appearance and another thought of historians relative to the subject is that there were two mantles that the Messiah used, not just one. It was stated in the Bible that He removed His scarf to bathe the feet of a devotee and the other one was when he was wearing it while praying.
What Shoes Is He Wearing?
The historian, Joan, had also discovered what type of shoes the Messiah was wearing during that specific time in His era. There was available evidence that tells the location where and which area did the Messiah live in when He was still in this world. In that place, there were pieces of fabric left which became proof or evidence of what may be the Messiah used to protect His feet during that time. After conducting some tests to identify what type of shoes it was, it was included that it was a form of sandals. Joan then guessed that the Messiah wore sandals back then as a tool to protect his feet.
In everything that happened, after all the significant discoveries made by the historians and facts provided by the illustrations and scrolls, we still want to know the truth behind the Messiah’s appearance. I mean, who wouldn’t, right? It is normal for us to be curious about it especially this issue is not just an issue that one can forget about. This is history that we are talking about. We would want to know how He really looked like back in His era, thanks to the illustrations that were provided by the earlier artists, we can still distinguish him. There’s an existing proof on the mummified remnants that were discovered in a place where the Messiah was living back then and the two carried the facial qualities of a Grecian and an Egyptian.
Existing illustrations and improved images or portrayals of the Messiah helped us understand the facial features of Jesus. A big thanks to the historians who made it more clear by providing evidence and accurate information of the Messiah of course. Portraits or images of mummies with facial descriptions also exist. Historians do have a conclusion that the found remnants of mummified bodies also lived and died during the time of the Messiah. The imageries of the remnants were considered as evidence to prove the accuracy of how similar the features of the Messiah’s are.
Preserved Pieces Of Evidence
There are other pieces of evidence left to be examined that could probably help and contribute to the most-awaited revelation of what the Messiah really looked like back then. These pieces of evidence are the ones found in the ancient synagogue. It can help in and contribute in determining the features of the Messiah. The mentioned pieces of evidence were found inside an old beautiful structure or place where people worship where they also found preserved pieces that can also add and be used in identifying the Savior.
Remains Of Moses
After the unknown object has been analyzed and examined, it was identified that the pieces of evidence found together with the other preserved pieces in the ancient synagogue did not belong to the Messiah It was actually from the remnants of Moses. The almost answer to everyone’s question went down the drain after discovering that it was from Moses. Now, questions are still yet to be answered, more studies needed to conduct, and more evidence are needed to be found.
Same As What Moses Is Wearing
The evidence that was found in an ancient synagogue was concluded to be owned by Moses during the era of Jesus. The female historian, Joan, made a statement that the image of illustration of Moses was likely the same as the other ordinary men during that time. This statement was followed by the conclusion that Jesus had similarities to Moses and that the tunic and cape that Jesus wore during his time is comparable to what Moses was wearing in the illustration. Well, that makes sense. Doesn’t it?
They Have Different Hairstyle
Joan’s conclusion with regards to Moses having similarities with the Messiah was, later on, questioned again as there was a conclusion that Moses looked quite different if we tackle their facial features. Moses was said to have shorter locks and a clean-shaven face. The evidence or remnants of Moses found in the ancient synagogue were different compared to the illustration and images created by the painters and artists which are widely known now in our era. The images of the Messiah have features of long and straight locks and beards.
Thanks to the Intricate Painters
Finally, the female historian, Joan Taylor, came up with a final output after all the examination conducted on the relics and evidence and several conclusions. She stated that some painters and artists were right about the beard in the images and depictions they made. She realized that the Messiah and His fellows did travel for a long time to different lands and resulted in the growth of facial hair. They do not have anything to make their faces clean-shaven as they are on a journey. Their facial hair gets longer and longer as time passes by while they travel. This may have also explained the bearded image of Moses in other illustrations.