Specialists in forensic anthropology have challenged this collective representation.
Du Christ from the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, to the works of Caravaggio, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci or more recently to Zeffirelli's Jesus, representations of Jesus throughout history have marked our unconscious. We all more or less imagine a tall, thin, pale man with straight, shoulder-length brown hair.
Here, according to them, could have been the portrait of Jesus.
To achieve this result, they crossed different data.
They first analyzed the skull of an inhabitant of Galilee in the first century. Subsequently, they studied the skin colors of the figures depicted in the Semitic works of the same period.
As for the hair, they quoted the Epistle to the Corinthians: "Does not nature itself teach you that it is a shame for a man to wear long hair while it is a glory for the woman to wear them thus? ". It therefore appears very unlikely that Jesus had long hair.
There remains the corpulence. The Semites of this time measured on average 1m55 for 49 kg and Jesus was a carpenter. We are definitely moving away from the slender image conveyed in Christian iconography.
We will never be able to know what the face of Jesus made man was, but according to the authors of the study:
“The resulting image is probably much closer to the truth than most representations of the great masters. "
source: Popular Mechanics
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