What did Jesus look like?

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Isaiah 53:2b – …he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 

Despite no biblical or historical evidence, many attempts have been made to depict the appearance of Jesus Christ. The truth is that He was a young healthy carpenter who worked with His hands and walked a lot. He was from the town of Nazareth, but many people mistake that with the Old Testament Nazirite vow of Samson to not get a haircut or drink alcohol (Numbers 6), when the New Testament says that long hair on a man was gender confusion (1 Corinthians 11:14).

The Byzantines put a beard on Jesus as a symbol of power. The Victorians made Jesus blond. Out of the more than fifty mainstream films made about Jesus, He has never been played by an actor who is ethnically Jewish. Recently, Popular Mechanics had a search for the face of Jesus. Essentially every film about Jesus done prior to the days of the radical 1960s emphasized the deity of Jesus. Seven of the first ten reel movies ever made were about Jesus and had the word “passion” in the title. 

The first feature-length movie of Jesus was made in 1912 and titled From the Manger to the Cross, or Jesus of Nazareth. The legendary director and devout Christian Cecil B. DeMille literally transformed movie special effects with his 1923 film The Ten Commandments. In 1927, he also produced the life of Jesus in the movie King of Kings. In that film he was very careful to portray Jesus as very pious with little humanity; he even had a glowing aura around him, which made Him appear like something of an icon on the screen.

What do you think Jesus looks like? 

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