What color were Jesus' eyes

"There is no white Jesus"

Transmission date: 13.06.2020 9:20 a.m.

"Jesus, a white man. So numerous pictures show him. Is that right?"

Jesus was more like the Middle Eastern people than the Northern Europeans.

Long hair, lean figure, light skin. Jesus shows a number of altar paintings, children's Bibles and movies. And that's exactly what the young man hopes for in a video on the BBC. He's sitting in a church, folding his hands, desperately pleading for help. Then a noise shimmers through the house of God and the Savior appears. Just different than expected: muscular type, Rasta curls, dark skin. The prayer is irritated. Jesus enlightened him.

"You were expecting a white man, like on the cheesy picture of Jesus there? ... Look: I was officially arrested and sentenced for a crime I did not commit. Such crap doesn't happen to white people."

Jesus was born in the Middle East

Yes, so are the British and their BBC. You manage to rebut prejudices with humor. Jesus was born in the Middle East more than 2,000 years ago, not Northern Europe. The Bible says this very clearly. Jesus looks like the people who still live in this region today. He must have had black hair, dark skin, or at least an olive complexion. Physically, he was probably in good shape. After all, he worked as a carpenter for many years.

Painting puts a white skin on Jesus

Artists gave Jesus a white skin and an ascetic figure.

Step by step, Jesus is given the European look on many works of art. From the sixth century, Byzantine artists gave the Messiah white skin and an ascetic figure. This type of image is then further developed in painting. Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, and Lucas Cranach ultimately even make Christ blond. Art is allowed to do that. But reality has a different face. The BBC puts this into perspective with its short film.

"You would like it if I turned into a white Jesus, wouldn't you? No. No way. I am what I am. There is no white Jesus."

Jesus does not let himself be determined by one type

God made the world colorful. This blaze of colors is reflected in the person of Jesus. In Ethiopia, for example, pictures and figures show a black-skinned Christ. There the Messiah resembles the slender, graceful women and men from the country on the Blue Nile. In India, China or Brazil, Jesus has a different face. Art should be like that. After all, the Bible says: He is the Messiah for all the world.

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NDR 1 Lower Saxony | 06/13/2020 | 9:20 am