The Real Face of Jesus?

Posted: April 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Some of you may have the caught the documentary about “the face of Jesus” on The History Channel the other night.  If not, the show presented a theoretical portrait of Jesus based on the impression left on the Shroud of Turin. 

The image looks like this:

The next morning news programs like Good Morning America took the picture to people on the streets of NYC and asked if this looked like Jesus to them (I’m not sure how they would know…but…).

The problem with this image is the Shroud of Turin itself.  Most archeologists and Biblical scholars believe the Turin to be a product of the middle ages not the 1st century.

There are scriptural problems as well.  The prophet Isaiah wrote that the messiah would be plain-looking.  Thus, he would be no different from an ordinary Jewish peasant.  A few years ago the BBC hired a team of forensic archeologists to construct the average face of a 1st Century Palestinian Jew using bones from that day and here is what they came up with:

The popular image of Jesus is almost certainly a creation of medieval artists and resembles the projection of the artists’ “ideal male.”

In sum, don’t trust the History Channel.  I mean how much credence can you give to a network whose highest rated show is “Ice Road Truckers”?

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