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Jesus wasn't white: he was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew. Here's why that matters
For centuries, the most common image of Jesus Christ, at least in Western cultures, has been that of a bearded, fair-skinned man with long, wavy, light brown or blond hair and often blue eyes. According to the Gospels, Jesus was a Jewish man born in Bethlehem and raised in the town of Nazareth, in Galilee formerly Palestine, now northern Israel during the first century A. For many scholars, Revelation offers a clue that Jesus's skin was a darker hue and that his hair was woolly in texture. The hairs of his head, it says, "were white as white wool, white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace.
But, how did the Son of God become so widely accepted as a European? After all, there are very few physical descriptions of Jesus in the bible. Keri L. Day, an associate professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion at the Princeton Theological Seminary, says that the lack of images of Jesus in the early Christian communities was intentional. Professor Day also says that we have some clues as to how Jesus looked.
The first images of Jesus as an adult date back to the fourth century, showing him with short hair, a beard and "melanated" skin, Ramsey said. BBC's television series "Son of God" reconstructed Jesus' facial features using forensics, early artistic portrayals and ethnic traits to get a better idea of what Jesus may have looked like and came up with this:. Ramsey also said that many speculate that Biblical passages that referred to lightness symbolizing purity and darkness symbolizing sin and evil played into how people perceived Jesus' appearance. She touches on the notion of white supremacy being used in Christianity to colonize and control before and during slavery. Despite white people using Christianity to justify their wrongdoings, black people found their own way of practicing it to seek liberation. Ramsey's point isn't that Christianity is bad because it's been misused to oppress. But rather that white power structures excluded images of Jesus with a darker complexion to spread racial bias.
Jesus wasn't white: he was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew. Many churches and cultures do depict Jesus as a brown or black man.
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The race and appearance of Jesus has been a topic of discussion since the days of early Christianity. Various theories about the race of Jesus have been proposed and debated. Now these documents are mostly considered forgeries. A wide range of depictions have appeared over the two millennia since Jesus's death, often influenced by cultural settings , political circumstances and theological contexts. These images are often based on second- or third-hand interpretations of spurious sources, and are generally historically inaccurate. By the 19th century, theories that Jesus was non- Semitic were being developed, with writers suggesting he was variously white, black, Indian, or some other race.