Is this the true face of Jesus?

Medical experts have determined what Jesus’s face would actually have looked like through close study of Semite skulls.

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Forget porcelain white skin and flowing blonde locks; the illustrations created by medical artist Richard Neave depict a man with a tanned complexion, thick beard and dark curly hair.

The team of British scientists and Israeli archaeologists used both forensic anthropology based on what Middle Eastern Jews actually looked like and information from the Bible.

The Bible provided details that could not be ascertained through X-rays, example, that he probably had short hair. Corinthians states, ‘if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him’.
 

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More traditional images of Christ via Catholic Tradition 
 

The experts used similar forensic techniques to those applied by the police and even utilised 3D reconstruction to create ‘slices’ of the skull and calculate what his skin might have looked like.

Speaking to Popular Mechanics, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Alison Galloway said, “this is probably a lot closer to the truth than the work of many great masters.” 

Richard Neave has also worked on reconstructions of other historical figures, including King Midas of Phrygia and the father of Alexander the Great.

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