Was Christ’s Hairstyle Normal for His Time?

Perhaps this is not a question of profound theological importance, but it’s interesting nonetheless. On Slate, there is an article about whether or not Jesus Christ really would have had long hair:

The classic image of a bearded, long-haired Jesus emerged as the favorite in the sixth century. Early Christians painted Jesus’s hair in many different ways— long or short, curly or straight, bearded or clean-shaven. There’s even a bald Jesus on display in the British museum. The artists probably weren’t attempting to create a historically accurate image of the man. The New Testament offers virtually no physical description of him, so they would have based the portraits on their own, diverse ideas of what a god should look like. Some philosophers, like St. Augustine, appreciated the diverse ways of portraying the incarnate Jesus. He thought ineffability was more consistent with divinity. It’s easy to paint a man, he argued, but hard to paint a god.

The Jesus Hairstyle   [Slate]

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One response to “Was Christ’s Hairstyle Normal for His Time?

  1. Interesting. I like the” Christ of the Sinai” image myself.

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