Forensic Artist Creates a New Image of Jesus Christ
A forensic expert, using state-of-the-art techniques, has drawn a new image of Jesus Christ. The end result is totally different from the tall, long-haired Caucasian man with light blonde hair that we usually see on images of prayer books, bibles and stained glasses.
Former medical forensic artist Richard Neave of the University of Manchester created the new image of Christ that now looks like a typical Middle Eastern Jew in the Galilee area with a wider face, dark eyes, short curly hair, bushy type of beard and brown to tan complexion.
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The hypothesis that Jesus must have looked like others was based on the event that before crucifixion, Judas Iscariot had to pinpoint who Jesus is among the disciples. In the book of Matthew, it is apparently written that Jesus resembled his disciples.
The team obtained three Semite skulls recovered by Israeli archaeologists. Using computerized tomography scan, they study the details that constitute the structure.
After which, a special program was employed, which measures how vital measurements including how muscles and skin would look like. They portray him with short hair and tight curls as this is in accordance with the Jewish practice.
They further hypothesized that Jesus stands a little over 5 feet, the average height of Semite men, and is stronger as he has worked as a carpenter for 30 years.
Co-writer of 'Making Faces: Using Forensic and Archaeological Evidence' Neave has portrayed famous people like the father of Alexander the Great, Phrygia's King Midas and Philip II of Macedonia using this same technique.