I find it hard to believe that Jesus had light brown hair and blue eyes...what do you think?

Blessings, Jai

asked 04 Feb '10, 09:10

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I think Jesus would look like a typical Israelite during His time. God will not present Himself differently to people whom He will be teaching and discoursing with. If during His time some people rejected Him, what more if He would look different? Would the disciples follow Him if He would look different?


answered 04 Feb '10, 11:37

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Hey Jai, you asked, "What do you suppose Jesus REALLY looked like?"

The depiction you described about Jesus having light brown hair and blue eyes is an invention of the Catholic church. They were the ones promoting that image of Jesus. It is a false representation of him.

Like Kingoxen said, Jesus would look like a typical Israelite during His time and this makes logical sense. Consider the following,

Jesus was born to an Israelite woman. He had the physical attributes and similarities of that of his nationality. He was of a middle eastern descent. So if you would see him, you would see a typical looking Jewish man.

I found a verse which gives a little more detail of his countenance. He was just a regular looking man. Nothing of his physical stature stood out to make him stand out of a crowd. There were no features to attract any attention whatsoever. That look you described would have attracted people to notice him and that would be contrary to the following verse.

Isaiah 53:2: For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Definition: Form: 4. Beauty; elegance; splendor

Definition: Comeliness2 : having a pleasing appearance : not homely or plain

As a side note: What attracted people to Jesus were his words, which inspired hope, love, joy, guidance etc. the healings, the feedings, the answers to his religious peers, the boldness, etc. basically his public life (which lasted some 3-3½ years) and his death.

Hope this clarifies your question.


I would like to clarify Lynn's point about Jesus being under the Nazarite vow. Nowhere is it mentioned that He was under this vow. This is what I found.

The only verse one may go to is in Matthew 2:23, which says "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene."

The verse interprets itself. It says, he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth. Those living in this were called Nazarene's.

A Nazarite on the other hand is one that has taken a vow to separate themselves unto the LORD. (found in Numbers 6:2). These people had a set of rules to abide by or else the vow was nullified.

In Numbers 6:1-21 is the portion of scripture that describes and explains the vow itself in context.

I will only quote the parts of this vow to disprove that Jesus had taken it.

1) Numbers 6:2-3 ...a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: 3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

Jesus partook of wine at the 'last supper'. This would have nullified the vow.

2) Numbers 6:6,9; 6 All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body. 9 And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.

Verse 9 explains what to do if by chance you were close to a dead body.

Jesus came many times to dead bodies, consider 3 passages.

(See context in Luke 8:41-42, 49-56) Luke 8:53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.

(See context in Luke 7:12-17) Luke 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

(See context in John 11:1-46) John 11:41,43; 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. ... 43 ...he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

Not only would this act have nullified his vow, He would have had to shaved his head. Where would his long hair be.

(See context in Numbers 6:13-21) Numbers 6:18 And the Nazarite shall shave the head...

I do not know of any place in scripture where Jesus' hair was shaved. It would have been recorded.

Hope this clarifies the vow of a Nazarite and that Jesus was not under it.


answered 26 Mar '10, 04:19

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edited 29 Mar '10, 15:40

The bible said that he had hair like wool and bronze feet so I think if his feet was bronze than maybe also his body was bronze are a golden brown. He travel all the time so he had to have a deep tan unless he was covered up. But it really does not matter about his physical color because we are all electro manetic energy traveling through time and space of this physical earth in our physical bodies taking time out supposely to enjoy life and learn from life and wisdom as we use our free will in making decisions about different things on a daily basic.

We all come from Adam and Eve so we are so much alike in our physiology are looks and organic makeup, and spirit but what makes the difference is how we use our free will.

At one time we all spoke the same langugage and maybe were of the same race but after the towel of Bable than we spoke different languages and maybe when we went our separate ways we also over a period of many 100's of years became different races of people as well, I don't know here I am guess.

I think Jesus was a darker complexion man probably more like the color golden brown or bronze like the bible says. But that is only an shell he was in the spirit body is full of energy bearing much love and wisdom for all of mankind.

It is what is within like our personality, character and spirituality that is so very important.


answered 04 Feb '10, 10:06

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edited 04 Feb '10, 11:50

The Nazirites had long hair. Even the earliest (Byzantine?) depictions of Jesus show him with long hair, so it must not have been without some sort of precedent. I have heard of a theory that Jesus was possibly a member of the Nazirite sect (as was Samson, in the Old Testament). Nazirites were forbidden to cut their hair.


answered 04 Feb '10, 15:03

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It is said that some people created Jesus picture the way they wanted their Jesus to look like. Because it was hard for them to accept a Jesus that did not have blonde hair, and blue eyes.

I have also heard that some people believed that Jesus had brown skin, dark brown curly hair, and brown eyes.

But the fact is, there is only one God that created all of us regardless of our race, or skin color. It was God that also created Jesus, so Jesus is one of us, sent by God to save us all from sin and hell. So, it really does not matter what Jesus looked like, for we know that he was created by the same God that created all of us. In the eyes of God we are all his children, and we are all special to him, that is why he sent his son Jesus to earth to save us all regardless of race or color, for he loves us all.

So we need not trouble ourselves, as to what Jesus looked like, just know that he is Jesus the son of God, who died on the cross for our sins, and he also loves us the way we are!


answered 05 Feb '10, 01:40

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One thing is for sure he did not have long hair.


biblegateway 1Co 11:14

Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?


biblegateway Rev 9:8

They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth .

Associates for Scriptural Knowledge (secret number five)

Link to the Pagan God Serapis and where the image of Jesus we know came from.


answered 04 Feb '10, 11:16

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edited 04 Feb '10, 19:36

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