Boy oh boy. Some… no, most people wouldn’t appreciate this new scientific depiction of what Jesus might have looked like when he walked on earth. For most of the world inhabitants, Jesus is a lily-white man with long straight hair. But based on Biblical texts, where he was born and other researched data for that time, Scientists have come up with a more geographically accurate look.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, the Romans who arrested Jesus needed Judas Iscariot’s help to identify him because he looked like his disciples. Jesus is never described in the Bible, nor can scientists use his remains to recreate his appearance using DNA.
However, using contextual clues from the Bible and historical data, Richard Neave, a medical artist retired from The University of Manchester in England, was able to help illustrate what Jesus might have looked like, Popular Mechanics reported.
“It is clear that his features were typical of Galilean Semites of his era,” the report reads.
Neave and his team acquired Semite skulls from the area in and around Jerusalem with cooperation from Israeli archeologists. He then used a computer to give details on the skulls’ structure and how tissue would have sat on top of the bone. Using these data, Neave and his team built a 3D model of the face and cast it in clay.
Though some details like eye color and hair length are impossible to determine, researchers used pre-Biblical illustrations of Jesus to determine that he most likely had dark eyes, and tradition at the time usually dictated that men had short hair. During Jesus’ time, the average man was 5-foot-1 and weighed 110 pounds.