Every time you go to church, you see the face of Jesus. But, have you ever asked yourself – is this the REAL face of the Lord? Yes? Well, we some some good news for you. A group of British experts, assisted by Israeli archeologists, used methods similar to those police have developed to solve crimes to re-create the most accurate image of the most famous face in human history – Jesus.
So, unfortunately, in the absence of evidence (no skeleton or other bodily remains to probe for DNA), our images of Jesus have been left to the imagination of artists.
The influences of the artists’ cultures and traditions can be very extreme. Yes, the Western imagery is dominant, but you should also know that in other parts of the world he is often shown as black, Arab or Hispanic.
And, the eternal question remains – what did Jesus look like?
Well, a group of experts (forensic anthropologists) might have the answer to this question. As we mentioned before, group of British experts, assisted by Israeli archeologists, used methods similar to those police have developed to solve crimes to re-create the most accurate image of the most famous face in human history – Jesus.
Forensic anthropology – according to the scientists, it uses cultural and archeological data as well as the physical and biological sciences to study different groups of people.
Note: the experts in this highly specialized field require a working knowledge of genetics, and human growth and development. In their studies, they also draw from the fields of primatology, paleoanthropology (the study of primate and human evolution) and human osteology (the study of the skeleton). Even seemingly distant fields like nutrition, dentistry and climate adaptation play a role in this type of investigation.
Their first step was to acquire skulls from near Jerusalem, the region where Jesus lived and preached. Semite skulls of this type had previously been found by Israeli archeology experts, who shared them with the London team. The entire process was accomplished using software that verified the results with anthropological data. From this data, the researchers built a digital 3D reconstruction of the face. Take a look and don’t forget to share…