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Old 12-31-2007, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Greetings All~

This may seem like a rather trivial--or even provocotive--question, but I'm hoping that some application of thought, reason and Biblical soundness might make it a deeper and more reflective question.

In his flesh, what color was Christ? I ask because in 2008 America, we still see Jesus as a blue-eyed man of European look, with brownish-blonde hair and a very fair (white) complexion. In some Latin American countries, Christ is seen as a dark-skinned man with curly black or dark brown hair.

The Bible speaks of Christ--albeit figuratively--as having skin the color of bronze and hair like lamb's wool. Since tanning salons and perms weren't around back then, I'm gonna guess that neither Christ nor his parents or disciples were caucasian.

Yet that is how He is most commonly depicted. Why?
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:34 PM
 
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Well..Christ was Jewish, so he would have the same physical attributes as a Jewish male would.
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:38 PM
 
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I agree with Arguy..Jesus was a purebred jewish man, so he looked Jewish...
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:41 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach - Flamingo Park
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Like Santa Claus, i think different cultures "see" Jesus in their own image.

When it comes down to it, he probably looked like a stereotypical semitic guy.
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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I agree with Arguy..Jesus was a purebred jewish man, so he looked Jewish...
Well, this man is Jewish.
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:47 PM
 
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Like Santa Claus, i think different cultures "see" Jesus in their own image.

When it comes down to it, he probably looked like a stereotypical semitic guy.
I see your point; except I would hope that Jesus' image required a little more historical depiction than Santa Claus.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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The jews and the other semetic people (arabs) are the same racial stock. He might have looked a great deal like Osama Bin Laden, or Yassah Arafat.

The men who painted the masterpieces, depicted Jesus to look like their patrons, European, some Italian, Flemish, French, Dutch etc.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:16 PM
 
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The simple answer is that people have tended to depict Christ as similar to themselves. When I was in Finland, I saw a painting of Christ in which he was standing by a lake surrounded by birch trees. He had light brown hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. Many depctions of Christ that we see in the USA were made by northern Europeans, hence the somewhat European appearance in most pictures.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew. He had brown skin, dark hair, and a beard.

Honestly though...

I have no big problem with other cultures painting or sculpting Jesus to reflect their culture. I have no problem with European art that expresses Jesus as a European, African art that expresses Jesus as an African, Asian art...etc. You get my point. It is that particular culture's way of loving Jesus and proclaiming, "He died for us." Nothing wrong with that.

It's when people start trying to claim that Jesus was white (like some radical forms of American evangelicals) or Jesus was black (like Louis Farrakhan), that they cross the line into I'm A Loon territory.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:20 PM
 
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Does color mean that much to you?? here is a Description of Jesus by Pulius Lentulus, Governor of Judea, addressed to Tiberius Ceasar, Emperor of Rome, Found in an excavated city written in Aramaic on stone.....
"There lives, at this time, in Judea, a man of singular virtue whose name is Jesus Christ, whom the barbarians esteem as a prophet, but his followers love and adore him as the offspring of the immortal God. He calls back the dead from the graves and heals all sorts of diseases with a word or a touch.
He is a tall man, and well shaped, of an amiable and reverend aspect; his hair of a color that can hardly be matched, the color of chestnut full ripe, falling in waves about his shoulders. His forehead high, large and imposing; his cheeks without spot or wrinkle, beautiful with a lovely red; his nose and mouth formed with exquisite symmetry; his beard thick and of a color suitable to his hair reaching below his chin. His eyes bright blue; clear and serene, look innocent, dignified, manly, and mature. In proportion of body, most perfect and captivating, his hands and arms most delectable to behold.
He rebukes with majesty, counsels with mildness, his whole address, whether in word or deed, being eloquent and grave. No man has seen him laugh, yet his manner is exceedingly pleasant; but he has wept in the presence of men. He is temperate, modest and wise; a man, for his extrordinary beauty and divine perfections, surpassing the children of men in every sense."
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