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What did Jesus look like?

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 long 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.


2.30pm Saturday 17th February 2018


Joan E. Taylor

Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King’s College London and is a leading expert on the world of Jesus, with a focus on both history and archaeology. She has authored numerous books and articles, notably The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism (1997), situating John in his historical, cultural and religious context. She also works on the Bible in cultural reception (Jesus and Brian, 2015), gender and the body (editing The Body in Biblical, Christian and Jewish Texts, 2014), and the Dead Sea Scrolls (The Essenes, the Scrolls and the Dead Sea, 2006).


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