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British artist’s photo showing the ‘real’ face of Jesus goes viral

An image of Jesus Christ has surfaced on the Internet that has been created after careful study of the times he is believed to live in.

Image of Jesus Christ created by British medical artist Richard Neave/ Facebook

Image of Jesus Christ created by British medical artist Richard Neave/ Facebook

An image of Jesus Christ has surfaced on the Internet that has been created after careful study of the times he is believed to live in. Richard Neave, a British medical artist, has created this picture with the help of skeletal discovery from British scientists and assistance from Israeli archaeologists.

The image of Jesus that usually comes to mind is of a tall, long-haired, fair-skinned man wearing a white flowing dress. Contrary to that, this image shows Jesus to have a wheatish skin tone, short hair and broad features.

Neave, retired from the University of Manchester in England, drew what he thinks is the real face of Jesus. He used a field of science called forensic anthropology to determine Jesus’ face, a method which is largely used to solve crimes. According to the Popular Mechanics, Neave and his research team acquired skulls from near Jerusalem, the region where Jesus lived and preached. Special computer programs then evaluated reams of information about known measurements of the thickness of soft tissue at key areas on human faces, which made it possible to recreate the muscles and skin overlying a representative Semite skull.

 




 

They created a 3-D reconstruction of the face. The hairstyle and eye colour were determined after scrutinising drawings found at various archaeological sites, dating back to the first century.

There have been many interpretations of how Jesus looked like but “this is probably a lot closer to the truth than the work of many great masters,” said Alison Galloway, professor of anthropology at the University of California in the article. However, forensic depictions are not an exact science, she cautions.

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