Okay, so I'm pretty sure this is Pub material, though feel free to move it to the General Discussion if needs be. This isn't to be so much a subject on Religion, but rather, one of the Historical Religious figures; Jesus.
In popular culture, Jesus is portrayed as a White Man with Brown/Blonde hair, when in actual fact (taking into account that he was born in Jerusalem) wouldn't it be more conceivable to believe that Jesus was actually tanned?
I don't mean to sound racist either, but to think about the conditions and location of his alleged birth, it stands to reason that Jesus would have looked more... Arabic than he would European.
I only ask following a conversation I had with someone at work today; their Dad was over in a foreign country (I forget which, but it was the middle-east somewhere) visiting friends. Apparently he brought up the topic in conversation and the recipients were that shocked / disgusted that they asked him to leave.
Just thought I'd pop the question here, see firstly if anyone has a solidified answer, and to also see if anyone would normally be offended by such a remark.
10th September 2007
Ugh......yeah that sounds about right.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
Random question is random, but yeah, he was most likely rather black and spoke funny words with a funny accent.
He could have been light skinned (alot of Palenstians, Jordanians, Lebonese and Assyrians, Middle East Jews and Greeks are light skinned today, alot are also are dark) or dark skinned. However even if he was light skinned he would not have looked North/Westen European, even if had same skin tone as alot of Europeans, you could tell a diffrence, I mean, usually the nose is a big give away with Middle Eastern people and face shape, even light skinned middle eastern people look diffrent from western Europe "white people". However a bigger "issue" is made of all this than needs to be, people overlook Ethiopan Images that depict him as sub-saharan black, The small Community of ancient syriac Christians in India, who depict him as Indian/from the Subcontinent, also Greek Orthodox, who while potray him as light skinned, but with dark hair and brown eyes with a long nose, there is also Japanese and Chinese imagry that potrays him as fully Asiatic
I was aboat to mention that races tend to see him as belonging to their race haha, but you beat me to it.
Obankobi;5591461I was aboat to mention that races tend to see him as belonging to their race haha, but you beat me to it.
I dont think any of them actually are naive enough think he "belongs to their race" (apart from a few prehaps), however I think its more of an Identity thing, It makes him more easy to relate too if he is depicted to have the features of the local surrounding community. Also on some of the older Churches, back when they were built it wasnt like the modern world now, where we all know what diffrent people look like, some of the designers had prehaps never seen any race other than those surrounding them so actually had nothing to base the images on.
7th December 2003
Difficult to say what people of that region looked like 2000 years ago. I suppose by digging up some bones and making some simulations and DNA analyses you could get a pretty good idea though. Wouldn't be surprised if someone has done it already.
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15th September 2004
If we only had cameras around 30-something A.D.
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16th March 2004
Yeah it would be hard to figure out what color Jesus was. I mean people are going to see him as White, Black, Brown, Red.
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26th April 2004
This is the one I've seen that's said to portray a man like Jesus would have looked there. Rendered based on research.
But yeah, religious portrays can be quite silly. Moses was portrayed with horns on head due to a mistranslation of geren instead of garan. This is why no one should be a fundamentalist and rely on any other version of the Bible than the Old Hebrew without vowels, but that's another story. :)