Forensic Scientist Recreates the Face of Jesus Christ

Sauti Yetu

Historical evidence of the life of Jesus Christ is lacking at best, and the physical descriptions in the Bible are mostly metaphorical. So when constructing his image, believers have had very little information to work with. After ascending to heaven, in Revelations, it’s said that the “hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow.” And according to Isaiah 53:2, he wasn’t physically attractive: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.”

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Given this lack of information, believers throughout history have had to rely on artists’ depictions of Christ. Through the year 1900, two-thirds of Christians lived in Europe, so most depictions of Christ have been overwhelmingly Eurocentric. In order to provide a better understanding of what Christ would have looked like, in 1998, Richard Neave, a retired forensic scientist, set to work on recreating his face. To do so…

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