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    Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    He appears a world-away from western representations of Jesus Christ but using forensic data from the skulls of ancient first century Jewish men, a British anatomical artist has re-imagined the face of the son of God.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...-a6772926.html

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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
    He appears a world-away from western representations of Jesus Christ but using forensic data from the skulls of ancient first century Jewish men, a British anatomical artist has re-imagined the face of the son of God.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...-a6772926.html
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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
    He appears a world-away from western representations of Jesus Christ but using forensic data from the skulls of ancient first century Jewish men, a British anatomical artist has re-imagined the face of the son of God.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...-a6772926.html
    The museum guide in Istanbul told me that the early depictions of Jesus as a young man were based on the classical looks of Apollo to help ease the transition to Christianity and as an older man were modelled on Zeus.

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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by Dynes Hysbys View Post
    The museum guide in Istanbul told me that the early depictions of Jesus as a young man were based on the classical looks of Apollo to help ease the transition to Christianity and as an older man were modelled on Zeus.
    That makes sense even without the "to help ease the transition" bit.
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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by RandallS View Post
    That makes sense even without the "to help ease the transition" bit.
    Quite; a young guy whose followers idealised him is typically taken to look like an idealised young guy. Not terribly surprising.
    But then, quite a lot of modern Pagans seem to look at everything in Christianity as having deliberately twisted pre-Christian traditions. Like it was all some kind of sinister plot and ancient Christians were moustache-twirling villains, tying Vestal Virgins to railroad tracks or something.
    The narrative not only vilifies ancient Christians a bit beyond the facts, but does a great disservice to our ancient polytheistic and pagan predecessors. It makes them look like ignorant chuckleheads, easily fooled by superficial pageantry and visuals.

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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by Louisvillian View Post
    But then, quite a lot of modern Pagans seem to look at everything in Christianity as having deliberately twisted pre-Christian traditions. Like it was all some kind of sinister plot and ancient Christians were moustache-twirling villains, tying Vestal Virgins to railroad tracks or something.
    The narrative not only vilifies ancient Christians a bit beyond the facts, but does a great disservice to our ancient polytheistic and pagan predecessors. It makes them look like ignorant chuckleheads, easily fooled by superficial pageantry and visuals.
    I keep trying, without success, to figure out what this has to do with the thread. Can you clarify?

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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by SunflowerP View Post
    I keep trying, without success, to figure out what this has to do with the thread. Can you clarify?

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    It's just a tangent, going off Dynes' comment about how things like that were "to ease the transition". I was agreeing with you, that the things he mentioned made sense even without the "ease the transition" bit. The assumption that a transition was deliberately 'eased' by Christianity adopting polytheistic iconography is one that I don't have a lot of stock in. It relates to the threat entirely because of the suggestion that Christianity patterned Jesus' appearance off of Classical images of Apollo and Zeus.

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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by Louisvillian View Post
    It's just a tangent, going off Dynes' comment about how things like that were "to ease the transition". I was agreeing with you, that the things he mentioned made sense even without the "ease the transition" bit. The assumption that a transition was deliberately 'eased' by Christianity adopting polytheistic iconography is one that I don't have a lot of stock in. It relates to the threat entirely because of the suggestion that Christianity patterned Jesus' appearance off of Classical images of Apollo and Zeus.
    You will note that I said I was told that by the museum guide.

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    Re: Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
    He appears a world-away from western representations of Jesus Christ but using forensic data from the skulls of ancient first century Jewish men, a British anatomical artist has re-imagined the face of the son of God.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...-a6772926.html
    Though based on the methodology isn't that just a picture of a statistically average first century Jewish man?

    He could have been Nir Lavi gorgeous or literally Quasimodo for all we know, because like... most people aren't smack dab statistically average?

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