Black Christians : The long history of how Jesus came to resemble a white European

Clyde C Coger Jr

Well-Known Member
Nov 17, 2006

The long history of how Jesus came to resemble a white European

... during this period of introspection over the legacy of racism in society.

The historical Jesus likely had the brown eyes and skin of other first-century Jews from Galilee, a region in biblical Israel. But no one knows exactly what Jesus looked like. There are no known images of Jesus from his lifetime.

In search of the holy face


Sallman’s painting culminates a long tradition of white Europeans creating and disseminating pictures of Christ made in their own image.

Anna Swartwood House, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of South Carolina
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What did Jesus really look like?

Jesus is so familiar that he can be recognized on pancakes or pieces of toast.
But did he really look like this?
Probably not.


When early Christians were not showing Christ as heavenly ruler, they showed Jesus as an actual man like any other: beardless and short-haired.

Early Christian Art
(Image caption)
The earliest surviving paintings of Jesus, from the church at the ruined city of Dura-Europos on the Euphrates (dating from first half of the 3rd Century AD)

By Joan Taylor
King's College London
Joan Taylor is professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London and the author of The Essenes, the Scrolls and the Dead Sea.

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The significance of the empty tomb

The resurrection is so significant because if it is true, it means all the other claims of Christ are true – that He was the Son of God, that He died for sinners, that He will one day judge us all. Every beat of the human heart is dependent on Jesus. Even the most hard core skeptic draws every breath he draws courtesy of Christ. We all have a vested interest to know what happened on that first Easter morning.

A new thriller will focus on a Roman centurion's life following Christ's resurrection. | (Photo: Flickr / Hoyasmeg)

By Jerry Newcombe, CP Op-Ed Contributor

In the Spirit of Sankofa and Consolidation...


What is biblical inerrancy? A New Testament scholar explains

...but assured attendees that the Baptist faith continues to affirm “those doctrines most contested in our culture,” such as “the authority, and the inerrancy, and the sufficiency of scripture.”

Why the doctrine of inerrancy matters

The Bible itself does not claim to be inerrant.
As Southern Baptists and other American evangelicals attempt to articulate biblical positions on issues such as social justice, abortion, gender and sexuality, one thing remains certain: Even a Bible thought to be without errors
still has to be interpreted.


Geoffrey Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Texas



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