Saturday, 1 April 2017

Was Jesus a Redhead / "Admoni" like David and Esau ?

Many Renaissance and Medieval paintings depict Jesus as a fair skinned  blonde, chestnut or red head with green or blue eyes.

Many people believe that these depictions are based on the likeness of Caesar Borgia the son of Pope Alexander VI Rodrigo Borgia of Spanish decent. Is it possible that Jesus could have looked like this ?

If you look around today you will notice that many Jewish males do in fact have red hair and green or blue eyes, especially the Priestly Cohen line.

So if Jesus was from the Royal line of King David and Jacob it is possible that Jesus could have looked like this also.

Yes, fair skinned, red hair and green eyes.

Red-head Actor Seth Green..... While often cited for promoting atheism for his quote from 2000: "God is, to me, pretty much a myth created over time to deny the idea that we're all responsible for our own actions", Green later clarified in 2014 "I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I find it sad and unfortunate how many wars are fought and lives are lost in a quest to insist that someone else pray the same way you do. I have a deep belief in the divinity of the Universe, and I had no ability to really comprehend the scope or magnitude of all the things that I don't understand. But I've never been the guy who says 'I don't believe in God' or 'I don't believe in some kind of overlaying, governing force that makes everything symmetrical' and I've never been interested in being anyone's spokesman, whether it's organized religion or the opposite. I'm my own spokesperson. I take great pains to always say I only speak for me."

Red-head Actor Seth Rogen... Rogen was born in VancouverBritish Columbia. His mother, Sandy (Belogus), is a social worker, and his father, Mark Rogen, worked for non-profit organizations and as an assistant director of the Workmen's Circle Jewish fraternal organization. He has described his parents, who met in Israel on a kibbutz, as "radical Jewish socialists".

Red-head Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook was born in 1984 in White Plains, New YorkHe is the son of dentist Edward Zuckerberg and psychiatrist Karen Kempner. He and his three sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle, were brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a small Westchester County village about 21 miles (34 km) north of Midtown ManhattanZuckerberg was raised Jewish and had his bar mitzvah when he turned. Afterward, he became an atheist.

So did Jesus look like a Neanderthal Cave man as depicted by Popular Mechanics (below) or could he have in fact looked more like many of the actual red-headed (ruddy) Hebrew and Israeli descendants that are around today ? Did he look more like an arabic Osama Bin Ladin or more like a Mark Zuckerberg, Seth Green, or Seth Rogan ?

Hmmmm..... I think that I'd go with an actual living example of a red-headed Israeli Hebrew Jewish Heritage rather than a computer generated model of a neanderthal extrapolation.

What do you think ?

Did Popular Mechanics get it right ?

Jacob's brother Esau was said to have been covered with red hair and King David is designated as "admoni" = "ruddy" (I Sam. xvi. 12, xvii. 42), this expression being also applied to Esau's hair (Gen. xxv. 25).
The Ancestors of King David .....  (1 Chronicles) 

Jacob (brother of red haired Esau) was the father of twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher .... Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar also had two sons: Perez and Zerah.
Perez was the father of Hezron  ......  Hezron was the father of Jerahmeel, Ram, and Caleb.10 Ram was the father of Amminadab and the grandfather of Nahshon, a tribal leader of Judah. 11 Nahshon’s descendants included Salma, Boaz, 12 Obed, and Jesse. 13-15 Jesse had seven sons, who were born in the following order: Eliab, Abinadab, Shimea, Nethanel, Raddai, Ozem, and David.

As we know Jacob and Esau were twins. Esau was a red-head (admoni/ruddy)  so that means that Jacob carried the gene for red hair .... As did Isaac, Jesse, King David, Joseph, Mary and Jesus.....

"Of course, whether Esau and even David actually existed is open to question, and the description of hair as red may have been more a literary device than actual reporting. Or not. In 2000,  Dr James Tabor entered a recently broken entrance to a first century tri-level tomb south of Jerusalem. Inside he found not only skeletal remains of a Jewish male, but a preserved sample of his hair. And the color of the hair was “reddish.” So the notion of red haired Jews during biblical times may not have been entirely fanciful. ..... What the percentage of red-headed Jews is today is not at all clear. What is clearer and more important is that Jews come in all shapes and all sizes and all shades, with different aptitudes, attitudes and orientations. Whether Jews started as one wandering family that settled in Egypt, grew over time, and was forged into a nation in the wilderness, or emerged from Canaanite tribes, the Jewish People today is truly a mixed multitude. Jews are a multi-national, multi-racial people whose members are bound together in different ways and to different extents by an uneven mix of religion and culture, language and literature, history and choice, and, yes, genetic material too. For some, that genetic material includes the MC1R gene that may make for redheads.
Ginger Jews remind us of how varied Jews are. Ironically, the most important thing about redheadedness in Jews may well be that it is really not that important at all."

Jewish Journal: Ginger Jews

A 1st Century letter : The Description of Publius Lentullus,  

"There appeared in these our days a man, of the Jewish Nation, of great virtue, named Yeshu [Jesus], who is yet living among us, and of the Gentiles is accepted for a Prophet of truth, but His own disciples call Him the Son of God- He raiseth the dead and cureth all manner of diseases. A man of stature somewhat tall, and comely, with very reverent countenance, such as the beholders may both love and fear, his hair of (the colour of) the chestnut (reddish brown), full ripe, plain to His ears, whence downwards it is more orient and curling and wavering about His shoulders. In the midst of His head is a seam or partition in His hair, after the manner of the Nazarenes. His forehead plain and very delicate; His face without spot or wrinkle, beautified with a lovely red; His nose and mouth so formed as nothing can be reprehended; His beard thickish, in colour like His hair, not very long, but forked; His look innocent and mature; His eyes grey, clear, and quick- In reproving hypocrisy He is terrible; in admonishing, courteous and fair spoken; pleasant in conversation, mixed with gravity. It cannot be remembered that any have seen Him Laugh, but many have seen Him Weep. In proportion of body, most excellent; His hands and arms delicate to behold. In speaking, very temperate, modest, and wise. A man, for His singular beauty, surpassing the children of men"

The letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar

This is a reprinting of a 1st Century letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar describing the physical appearance of Jesus. Copies are in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.

A young man appeared in Galilee preaching with humble unction, a new law in the Name of the God that had sent Him. At first I was apprehensive that His design was to stir up the people against the Romans, but my fears were soon dispelled. Jesus of Nazareth spoke rather as a friend of the Romans than of the Jews. One day I observed in the midst of a group of people a young man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude. I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected so great was the difference between Him and those who were listening to Him. His golden colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial aspect. He appeared to be about 30 years of age. Never have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. What a contrast between Him and His bearers with their black beards and tawny complexions! Unwilling to interrupt Him by my presence, I continued my walk but signified to my secretary to join the group and listen. Later, my secretary reported that never had he seen in the works of all the philosophers anything that compared to the teachings of Jesus. He told me that Jesus was neither seditious nor rebellious, so we extended to Him our protection. He was at liberty to act, to speak, to assemble and to address the people. This unlimited freedom provoked the Jews -- not the poor but the rich and powerful.
Later, I wrote to Jesus requesting an interview with Him at the Praetorium. He came. When the Nazarene made His appearance I was having my morning walk and as I faced Him my feet seemed fastened with an iron hand to the marble pavement and I trembled in every limb as a guilty culprit, though he was calm. For some time I stood admiring this extraordinary Man. There was nothing in Him that was repelling, nor in His character, yet I felt awed in His presence. I told Him that there was a magnetic simplicity about Him and His personality that elevated Him far above the philosophers and teachers of His day. 
Now, Noble Sovereign, these are the facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth and I have taken the time to write you in detail concerning these matters. I say that such a man who could convert water into wine, change death into life, disease into health; calm the stormy seas, is not guilty of any criminal offense and as others have said, we must agree -- truly this is the Son of God.
Your most obedient servant,
Pontius Pilate

The Acts of Pilate and these letters are referred to by Church Fathers in 325 AD.  So the origin of a chestnut, red, and golden haired Jesus is much earlier than the Renaissance or Middle Ages. 

These days the more prevalent question is "Did a man named Jesus even exist ? ...

Was there a Jewish man named Jesus, a descendent of King David who was executed for claiming to be God ?" Are there any non-Biblical Sources that corroborate such a Tall Tale ????

Yes there are many. We have Josephus, Pliny, Philo, so-called gnostic (1st Christians) and most importantly the Talmud. (Sanhedrin 43) which states the following:


GEMARA: Abaye said; It must also be announced: On such and such a day, at such and such and hour, and in such and such a place [the crime was committed], in case there are some who know [to the contrary], so that they can come forward and prove the witnesses Zomemim.

AND A HERALD PRECEDES HIM etc. This implies, only immediately before [the execution], but not previous thereto. In contradiction to this] it was taught: On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged.

For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, 'He is going forth to be stoned because he has practised sorcery and enticed Israel to apostacy. Any one who can say anything in his favour, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.' But since nothing was brought forward in his favour he was hanged on the eve of the Passover! — Ulla retorted: 'Do you suppose that he was one for whom a defence could be made?

Was he not a Mesith [Enticer], concerning whom Scripture says, Neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him?

 With Yeshu however it was different, for he was connected with the government [Royalty, i.e., influential].'

One of the more fascinating finds on a recent Archaeological dig in Jerusalem, one that has not received much attention, was the preservation of a sample of Jewish male hair. The hair was lice-free, and was trimmed or cut evenly, probably indicating that the family buried in this tomb practiced good hygiene and grooming. The length of the hair was medium to short, averaging 3-4 inches. The color was reddish ....

The Only Ancient Jewish Male Hair Ever Found - Biblical Archaeology Society

Genesis 25:25 And the first one emerged red-headed; he was completely like a coat of hair, and they named him Esau.
כהוַיֵּצֵא הָרִאשׁוֹן אַדְמוֹנִי כֻּלּוֹ כְּאַדֶּרֶת שֵׂעָר וַיִּקְרְאוּ שְׁמוֹ עֵשָׂו:

26 And afterwards, his brother emerged, and his hand was grasping Esau's heel, and he named him Jacob. Now Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.
כווְאַחֲרֵי כֵן יָצָא אָחִיו וְיָדוֹ אֹחֶזֶת בַּעֲקֵב עֵשָׂו וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ יַעֲקֹב וְיִצְחָק בֶּן שִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה בְּלֶדֶת אֹתָם:

Samuel 1 16:12 And he sent and brought David, and he was read-headed, with beautiful eyes, and handsome appearance. And the Lord said, "Arise, Anoint him, for this is He."

יבוַיִּשְׁלַח וַיְבִיאֵהוּ וְהוּא אַדְמוֹנִי עִם יְפֵה עֵינַיִם וְטוֹב רֹאִי וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה קוּם מְשָׁחֵהוּ כִּי זֶה הוּא:

13 And Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And a spirit of the Lord passed over David from that day forth, and Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

יגוַיִּקַּח שְׁמוּאֵל אֶת קֶרֶן הַשֶּׁמֶן וַיִּמְשַׁח אֹתוֹ בְּקֶרֶב אֶחָיו וַתִּצְלַח רוּחַ יְהֹוָה אֶל דָּוִד מֵהַיּוֹם הַהוּא וָמָעְלָה וַיָּקָם שְׁמוּאֵל וַיֵּלֶךְ הָרָמָתָה:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Reclining at the Seder Meal.... Jewish Jesus and the Last Supper

When drinking the four cups of wine, and eating the matzot, the korech sandwich, and the afikoman, one is required to recline on a couch, an armchair, or on pillows. This is how royalty and nobility used to eat and on this night the people of Israel are entitled to conduct themselves like royalty. Maimonides writes: One is required to see himself as if he had just now left Egyptian slavery. Hence, when a person eats on this night, he is required to eat and drink while reclining, as a sign of freedom.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Risen Christ appearing to the Eleven ... a study for the Jewish Jesus Exhibit

Left: The risen Christ appearing to the Eleven (Luke 24,36-49) from Duccio's Maestà. Christ has a plain halo; the Apostles only have them where they will not seriously interfere with the composition.

Right: Yeshua bar Yosef appears to the eleven Talmidim  for the Jewish Jesus Exhibit in New York. Halos are kippahs (yarmulke), head coverings, and appear on all 12.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Immersion of Jesus in the Jordan River, 30 AD

Ok, I Repainted Baptism / immersion in Jordan River. Would John be wearing camel hair, holding tallit and saying a blessing?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

"The Borghese Deposition", Repainted for the Jewish Jesus Exhibit, NY

Repainting of a Jewish Jesus .....  a Study from the Borghese Gallery,  "The Deposition", also known as the Pala BaglioneBorghese Deposition or The Entombment, is an oil painting by the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael. Signed and dated "Raphael Urbinas MDVII (1507)", the painting is in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. It is the central panel of a larger altarpiece commissioned by Atalanta Baglioni of Perugia in honor of her of fallen son, Grifonetto Baglioni. Like many works, it shares elements of the common subjects of the Deposition of Christ, the Lamentation of Christ, and the Entombment of Christ.

The repainting on the right is a digital study for a larger oil painting on canvas. This is my 1st study using the Samsung Galaxy Note (8") with the Stylus S Pen and the Free Note App that comes with the Galaxy Note.