I’d Know That Face Anywhere

Forensic anthropology is a sub-specialty within the highly technical field of physical anthropology. It specializes in reconstructing information about past people and events based on evidence available today.

In 2002 forensic anthropologists took up the question: What did Jesus really look like?

According to Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, associate professor of world Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 2002, “While Western imagery is dominant, in other parts of the world he is often shown as black, Arab or Hispanic.”

A recent issue of Popular Mechanics magazine reprinted an article it first published in 2002. A likely more historically accurate picture of the face of Jesus appeared in that article, constructed from Biblical evidence using advanced techniques from the field of forensic anthropology.


So would you recognize Jesus if you met him in the street? Are you sure?

Here is what forensic anthropologists say his physical appearance likely resembled:

And of course none of this really matters.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:28

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