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The Real Face of Jesus
Forensic anthropology reveals what Jesus would have looked like

This is really well done.  I would've expected the cheekbones to be a smidge narrower and the nose a bit more arched, but I can look at this and say, "Yeah, that's Jesus."  Such is not true of the white Christs that are the prevailing portrayal.

His appearance matters,  because it can influence how people respond to each other.  So that's one reason why I write things like "Sharper Than Nails."  If the guy in this new picture showed up in today's world, he'd get a downright hostile reception.  Again.

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valarltd From: valarltd Date: December 14th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
How is that not white? I have stepsisters who look like that and identify as white. Middle-Eastern=white on every demographic information sheet I've filled out for the last year.

Now granted it's not blond with blue eyes, as my Bible Story book has him. It's not the red-haired Joseph and blond Mary of many nativities. It's not Max vonSydow's Swedish!Jesus. But he's white, regardless.

I'd expect a longer, narrower nose, and longer, more oval (or possibly squarish) face typical of the region. I don't expect him to look like Oded Fehr, but maybe like Jamie Farr.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 14th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

What counts as "white" depends on who you ask. Some people count Middle Eastern as white. Many, especially in today's terrorism-minded world, view Middle Eastern people with extreme prejudice -- sometimes more so than black or Hispanic people.

Another thing to consider is that Middle Eastern skin tones vary from fair through olive to brown. To my eyes, Jesus looks more realistic with tinted skin than with fair skin. YMMV.
valarltd From: valarltd Date: December 14th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

I'm old and confused. People I thought of as white all my life aren't considered white any more. I grew up with Pakistani doctors, Lebanese stepsisters etc, and they were all white because they weren't black, Asian or Native American.

Of course, I never thought of Hispanics as not white either. The ones with a lot of First Nations registered as Native, the rest were an ethnic white.

But I'm an old midwesterner from a sundown town who bristles at being called Anglo.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: December 14th, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
But for the white/not white debate (I'm often bewildered by the US points of view on that), that's more or less my mental image of Peter (the surprised expression may be part of it though: " What did He say, now?").

I wonder why they decided to go with skulls found around Jerusalem, though, they were a band of Northeners from Galilee, and the 'point thim out for us' thing with Judas might well have been because they couldn't tell a Galileian apart from another.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 15th, 2013 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

I wondered about the sourcing myself, but maybe they couldn't get Galileian skulls of the right sex/age/time period/whatever, so they went for the closest they could find.
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