What Did Jesus Look Like?

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Joan E. Taylor
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , February
     2018.
     288 pages.
     $38.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780567671509.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Matthew C. Baldwin forthcoming.

Description

Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image adorns countless churches, icons, and paintings. He is the subject of millions of statues, sculptures, devotional objects and works of art. Everyone can conjure an image of Jesus: usually as a handsome, white man with flowing locks and pristine linen robes.

But what did Jesus really look like? Is our popular image of Jesus overly westernized and untrue to historical reality?

This question continues to fascinate. Leading Christian Origins scholar Joan E. Taylor surveys the historical evidence, and the prevalent image of Jesus in art and culture, to suggest an entirely different vision of this most famous of men. 

He may even have had short hair.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Joan E. Taylor is the prize-winning author of Christians and the Holy Places, and a leading authority on the Jewish world of Jesus, including women within that world. She is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London.

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