​Forensic Expert Jesus: Scientist’s Finding From Ancient Skulls Builds Face Of Jesus Christ

Forensic Expert Jesus
Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Dec. 16, 2015

Forensic expert draws Jesus Christ based on data from the skulls of ancient first century. Some people argue that it’s the real face of Jesus using ancient Semite bones to reveal what Christ may have looked like, according to Daily Mail.

Jesus appears a world-away from western representations of Christ, but a British anatomical artist has reimagined the face of the son of God. The forensic expert is sure that the data he used depicts the real Jewish man.

Forensic Expert Jesus: New image shows Christ as Jewish man

Forensic Expert Jesus: New image shows Christ as Jewish man

Depictions of Christ predominantly show a white, clean shaven man with long, flowing blonde locks. But the reality may have been very different.

Richard Neave, formerly a professor at Manchester University, constructed the image after he examined three Semites’ skulls from around Galilee in northern Israel using methods more frequently employed to identify victims of crimes.

A forensic expert depicts Jesus Christ in a new image that makes him appear more human than the widely before. Professor Neave, an expert medical artist, used computerized tomography to create x-ray slices of the skulls and by evaluating the thickness of the skulls in certain areas recreate the skin and muscles of his face.

He also used ancient drawings at archaeological sites to determine the color of Christ’s hair and studied the bible to ensure the length was correct. There is still no definitive answer of what the Son of God may have looked like.

Earlier this year, Italian detectives revealed what they believed Jesus looked like as a young boy after using the Shroud of Turin, which the forensic expert also studied. The Shroud, used to wrap Christ’s body following the crucifixion, inspired interpretations of Christ’s appearance — but the Italian police’s reconstruction looks very different from Professor Neave’s.

The researchers deviated from the common belief that Jesus Christ had long, straight hair. To fill in some of the missing gaps, Neave used a clue in the New Testament. Neave says that his portrait of Jesus is not a portrait of Jesus specifically, but rather that of an adult Jewish man living at the same time and place as Jesus.

Richard Neave

They also concluded that Jesus Christ most likely would have been a bit over 5ft tall, and he would have been weather beaten after working as a carpenter until he was about 30. His skin color would also most probably resemble the dark tanned color of his peers.

Neave’s Jesus has a much broader nose, a new hairdo and appears to be black. It has widely been regarded as a forgery for centuries, but the account it gives of Jesus’ appearance persists.

The forensic expert gives Jesus Christ with a new image after recreating his face as he would appear during his time in Jerusalem during the time he was alive. Neave, the co-author of “Making Faces: Using Forensic And Archaeological Evidence,” earlier reconstructed dozens of famous faces including Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great and King Midas of Phrygia.

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