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Trending: If you thought you knew what Jesus Christ looked like, you're probably wrong

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 1:20 IST

You may recognise the image on the right. The flowing dark blonde hair and the aquiline nose is rather close to the countless images of Jesus you've seen all along.

But who is the man on the left? British anatomical artist, Richard Neave, claims that is what Jesus actually looked like.

Christ is generally depicted as a Caucasian male, with flowing locks of light or dark-brown hair, often with blue eyes and a neat beard. But Neave's image is a far cry from the representation of Jesus in western culture that we've been bombarded with.

Using forensic data of the skulls from the ancient first century Jewish men, Neave, a medical artist retired from the University of Manchester in England, has claims to have discovered the "real" face of Jesus.

This follows a discovery from British scientists, assisted by Israeli archaeologists, of what they believe is the most accurate image of the Christian messiah.

How scientists found out what Jesus actually looked like

Though the Bible gives an account of what the Messiah looked like it is difficult to ascertain what he may have looked like. "Using a new scientific field known as forensic anthropology used in crime fighting, British scientists teamed up with Israeli archaeologists to create a computer generated photo fit of Jesus to show what he probably really looked like", Express.co.uk reported.

Scientists worked on the description provided by "evangelist Matthew that it was hard to tell Jesus apart from his disciples during his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane", reports Express.co.uk.


The research led to the conclusion that Christ would have had the obvious features of Galilean Semites of that time.

The Independent says, "Neave also used ancient drawings at archaeological sites to determine the colour of Christ's hair and studied the bible to ensure the length was correct."

Neave used special computer programmes to recreate the muscles and skins overlaying the skulls.

The research also revealed that Christ did not have long hair as often depicted but short, light curls.

Here are the mugshots. Have a look:

mugshot bald-jesus.jpg

Here's the one with hair:


First published: 15 December 2015, 4:20 IST