There have perhaps been more depictions of Christ than anyone else in history. He is often portrayed as light-skinned with blue eyes and fair hair. But is this accurate to what the real Jesus would have looked like?
Not according to forensic anthropologist Richard Neave. He and his partner, Denise Smith, use state-of-the-art computer-based technology in conjunction with traditional imaging methods to create realistic depictions of figures from the past. They used their skills to create a realistic depiction of Jesus Christ.
It's thought this description of Jesus was intentionally vague. By not making it too specific, it could appeal to members of all ethnicities. However, Jesus has been largely depicted as primarily Caucasian.
The way Neave's made this depiction is truly fascinating. He started by taking three skulls from Israeli archaeological sites near where Jesus was believed to have been born. He then used computerized x-ray and ultrasound techniques to extrapolate these images.
However, many disagree. On December 11, 2013, Megyn Kelly insisted that not only Jesus, but also Santa Claus were white. She said,
"Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have, he's a historical figure that's a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?"
Remember, the bible itself says Jesus wasn't much to look at. He wasn't the handsome, glowing, muscular man we've become accustomed to. Going to such lengths to try to characterize his skin-tone is simply incorrect theology.