Israeli and British forensic anthropologists and computer programmers have recreated what they think Jesus might have looked like. He has a broad face, dark olive skin, short curly hair and a large nose. The researchers think he would have weighed 110 pounds and been 5-foot-1-inch tall. Their evidence is reported in this month's issue of Popular Mechanics magazine. "Using archaeological and anatomical science rather than artistic interpretation makes this the most accurate likeness ever created," says TV reporter Jean Claude Gragard. "It isn't the face of Jesus, because we're not working with the skull of Jesus, but it is the departure point for considering what Jesus would have looked like."
The same science has been used to recreate the faces of other famous people who lived long ago, including the father of Alexander the Great and King Midas. Medical artist Richard Neave and his team started with an Israeli skull from the 1st century AD. They used computer programs, clay, simulated skin and their knowledge about the Jewish people of that time to figure out the shape of the face and the color of eyes and skin. They determined his hair style from the Bible, where Paul says, ?If a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him.?
Anthropology professor Alison Galloway says, "This is probably a lot closer to the truth than the work of many great masters."
William Henry thinks that to really understand Jesus, you need to look at the ancient legends surrounding the past and he?s one writer who?s not afraid to do this.
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