If Jesus was a swarthy guy from the desert, why do you think our culture persists in depicting him as a fair skinned and light eyed individual?

If Jesus was a swarthy guy from the desert, why do you think our culture persists in depicting him as a fair skinned and light eyed individual?

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  1. In China he is often portrayed as Asian. In Africa as black. He is portrayed white because these depictions are in majority white countries.

    As a Christian, Jesus race is completely irrelevant and meaningless though.

  2. Because as a religious figure he is usually depicted by the culture he’s being worshipped in. Asian, African, Europe, etc.

    I know people are going to jump to “whiteys racism”, but it’s not really. It’s more complicated than that.

    As for how he actually looked, all we have is speculation and there’s varying estimates on all his features, unless he decides to pop back into existence sometime soon.

  3. What people are saying about depicting Jesus as if he’s from the same region is true, but I think it’s worth discussing why he continues to be depicted that way in heterogeneous regions like the United States. Especially because I suspect that a Black or Asian church depicting him as Black or Asian wouldn’t go without criticism from certain U.S. media.

  4. Based on my Art History classes, each artist tried making Jesus (or Mary, or Saint Whoever) as relatable as possible, so people could identify with the situation. The prof used a picture of the Angel Gabriel & Mary as an example. It was an old Dutch painting, and Mary was depicted as a young Dutch girl would’ve at that time. She explained that nowadays, Mary would probably be shown in jeans & a t-shirt, listening to an iPod (ca 2003).

  5. Was Jesus not Jewish? He studied in Temple for many years. I see many fair skinned Jews here and in Isreal. Dark Hair, lighter hair, light skinned, tanned, dark skinned. My Niece married into a family living in Tel Aviv the whole family has lighter skin. I.E, who cares what skin he has? He is the great I am. When you are the Great I AM you can be whatever you wish to be. Hallowed Be Thy Name!

  6. If we didn’t white-wash things where would all those people find jobs? There is a very prominent industry surrounding the cultural appropriation.

    Just think about that next time.

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