Color of Jesus

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This paper is going to discuss about the original skin color of Jesus along with his ancestry and his racial origin. The paper will guide the reader to reveal the truth of Jesus’ ethnicity and will help in the process of finding out the truth about his body textures including his hair color and size. The paper is incorporated with various scientific, historical, geological and anthropological proofs in favor of the fact that, as often mistaken and debated, Jesus was not a white man but was a non-white Messiah who preached for the enhancement of humanity and is always guiding and helping us to resist the dark and evil forces from influencing our soul.

Submitted: May 28, 2013

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There have been myriads of discussions and debates over the skin color of Jesus Christ. I am of the opinion that Jesus Christ was a dark-skinned man. And there are ample proofs to establish my view. If one watches the dome of Detroit’s St. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church, the 24-foot portrayal of Christ can be easily seen but in a different form. Here the depiction of Christ is not of a white man but as a black ruler of the universe. Such portrayal of Christ by black artist Devon Cunningham is not meant for only claiming that Christ is black but it projects that still today Christ remains black-skinned and thereby adding strength to the notion. Examples are also to be found in countries like Poland, Austria, Costa Rica, Portugal and numerous European and Central American countries where Jesus along with black Madonnas are painted and erected in black. According to stalwarts like Rev. Cleage Jesus was the black leader of non-white people who struggled for their liberation against the rule of Rome. There are historical proofs behind Jesus being a black man. The Jews of the Old Testament are non-white people and Abraham should have been a black man too as he belonged to Chaldea which was in the Middle East and geographically speaking all those who came from the Middle East were touched with the Negro people. Jesus was also a Jew and hence, he must have been black-skinned. If history is thoroughly scanned then it may reveal that Jesus was a member of the Zealots, the activist group that inflicted a series of rebellions against Rome which culminated into the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by Titus and the eventual fall of Masada. Jesus toiled to free the black Jews of Israel from oppression and bondage of misery. In this context one can mention the quote “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.” (“Matthew 10:34-36”, 2011) And because of his rebellion against the establishment, the black Messiah was crucified.

It is a historical truth that before the first official painting of the white Jesus by Michelangelo as per the instruction of Pope Julius II, Rome also worshipped the Black Madonna. In the former Soviet Union too there were traces of the black Madonna to be found. In accounts of early Christian writers like Justin, Tertullian and Clement of Alexandria it can be found that the image of Jesus was not as striking as it became with the Gnostic impulses in the third century with Jesus’ youthful depiction. The truth of Jesus being black-skinned can be obtained from his ancestry. According to Genesis 9:19 and Genesis 10, mankind descended from three sons of Noah – Shem, Ham and Japheth. It was the descendants of Shem who became the Semitic peoples who inhabited parts of the Arabian Peninsula. The complexion of these people was generally medium brown with facial features projecting a midway between a typical Negro and a typical Caucasian and their language of speaking included Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic. And this Aramaic was Jesus’ native language. Jesus descended from the line of Shem. Jesus’ lineage from Noah through Abraham can be traced in the Genesis 11:10-27 and Luke 3:34-38. The lineage comes like Noah-Shem-Arphaxad-Cainam-Salah-Eber-Peleg-Reu-Serug-Nahor-Terah-Abram (Abraham). Hence, just like the ancestry and lineage the strong proof of Jesus being black-skinned can be put forward. As descendants of Shem were all non-white, Jesus should have been non-white, unlike the white-skinned image of the Messiah in European Christianity. 

Again it has to be remembered that Jesus’ male ancestors from the line of Shem were ethnically and racially admixtures of Semitic and Hamitic as they spent times in captivity in Egypt and Babylon. And if one has to go by the general view prevailing in the US that if someone has any black ancestry then he or she is black in spite of being white skinned, then Jesus was and is always a black. In the Bible too there is the description which reveals, if analyzed sanely, that Jesus was non-white and black-skinned. The Book of Revelation 1:14-15 gives a description of Jesus. He has been described as a man with hair like wool and his feet to be like fine brass burned in a furnace. Hence, the texture of his hair was wooly, a feature of the Africans, and in the Lamentations 5:10 it has been mentioned that his skin was black like oven. So these comments are pointers to the fact as revealed by both BBC and Discovery Channel about the skin color of Jesus – it was black.

Scientifically speaking, modern technologies have revealed strong proofs of the fact of Jesus being black-skinned. The world’s leading forensic pathologist Dr. Richard Neave has collected skulls from the tribe of Judah, Jesus’ own tribe from 2000 years ago. The skulls date back to the time of Jesus and their bones have been analyzed to be belonging to the first century. What interesting is that Dr. Neave and his team found that the skull is more rounded than that of the present inhabitants of Jerusalem and have got resemblance with features of people belonging to North Africa. These features are traceable frequently in Sudan and Egypt.  So from a scientific angle we can say that if the tribe of Jesus actually possessed features of North Africa and Egypt then he should have the same features including the black color of skin. Again, according to Dr. Mark Goodcar Jesus had curly afro and short hair, which is again a Negroid feature. We can cite the letter of Paul to Corinthians that it is disgraceful for a man to have long hair. So this notion may have prevailed in that period and it might have been obvious for Jesus to have a short hair and not the concept of long hair as being usually projected. Caucasian theologian like Rev. Dr. Tom Wright also supports the view of Jesus being black-skinned and with short afro hair and such revelation has been from his research and not from mere speculations.

It is interesting that if we go through the etymological derivation of the name Christ we can find the essence of the concept of black-skinned – “The earliest gods and messiahs on all the continents were black. Research has yielded an impressive amount of material on the subject...The Messiahs, some of whom lived many centuries before Christ, had lives which so closely paralleled that of Christ that it seems most likely that the story of the latter was adapted from them. Moreover, the word Christ comes from the Indian, Krishna or Chrisna, which means "The Black One."” (“Was Jesus Black”, 1997)

So, there are ample proofs of Jesus being black-skinned. But it is not worthy to bring on a debate over the holiness of Jesus basing on the skin color. Historically, scientifically and geographically it has been proved that Jesus was a black-skinned man but that does not imply that he was a Messiah for the blacks only. He was the blessed son of God who came to rescue humanity from the shackles of the Devil in many forms. The liberation of the black people through the leadership of Jesus is appropriately symbolic to the fact that Jesus is there for us to liberate and free us from the evil influences. His skin may be black but his white celestial aura is always there shining amidst of this world ensuring hope, peace and fraternity with the realms of mankind.

References

Matthew 10:34-36 (2011). Retrieved 02.12.11, from http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+10%3A34-36&version=KJV

Was Jesus Black (1997). Retrieved 02.12.11, from http://www.melanet.com/clegg_series/wasjesusblack.html

 

 

 

 


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