As I had hoped, Grady replied to my post on the way Jesus is/was
represented in early Christian art. Here it is:
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Subject: Re: [XTalk] Shroud was Re: Jesus as a man of colour
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 11:26:57 EST
I am with my son in Park City, Utah, so I have no access to materials. I
deal with the question under the rubric "Christ" in Ante Pacem. With
exceptions Jesus is young, clean shaven and white skinned. There is no
until after Constantine. The image then is moving toward that of an
Some thoughts: we don't know the color on sarcophagi. Very rarely
archaeologists have found yellow paint in the hair of Jesus. I know of
dark Jesus (a fisherman). It is printed in my Inculturation book. I
recall for certain, but there may be two pre-Constantinian images with
beards. They would be Jesus as teacher.
Have a good New Year.