Sunday, 7 July 2013

What did Jesus look like ? What do you think ?

Woody Allen as Rabbi / Woody Allan as a 1st Century Jewish Jesus.

Maybe Jesus looked like this ? This is probably closer to the truth than the computerized "Cave Man" presented in Popular Mechanics. (see Next Post) What do you think ? (No offence to Woody or Jesus intended)

"The Real Face of Jesus" - Regarding the Computerized Model of a 1st Century Jesus in Popular .... Maybe Jesus looked more like Woody Allen, or Mark Zuckerberg, or Jerry Seinfeld. 
Note: No Offence intended to Woody or Jesus, or to Cave Men, Christians, Jews, Atheists, Comedians, Mechanics, or anyone else. I'm just an artist making art.

The Real Face Of Jesus ? (Re-paint)

Repainting the Most Accurate image of Jesus .... : From the first time Christian children settle into Sunday school classrooms, an image of Jesus Christ is etched into their minds. In North America he is most often depicted as being taller than his disciples, lean, with long, flowing, light brown hair, fair skin and light-colored eyes. Familiar though this image may be, it is inherently flawed. A person with these features and physical bearing would have looked very different from everyone else in the region where Jesus lived and ministered. Surely the authors of the Bible would have mentioned so stark a contrast. On the contrary, according to the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane before the Crucifixion, Judas Iscariot had to indicate to the soldiers whom Jesus was because they could not tell him apart from his disciples. Further clouding the question of what Jesus looked like is the simple fact that nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus described, nor have any drawings of him ever been uncovered. There is the additional problem of having neither a skeleton nor other bodily remains to probe for DNA. In the absence of evidence, our images of Jesus have been left to the imagination of artists. The influences of the artists' cultures and traditions can be profound, observes Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, associate professor of world Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. "While Western imagery is dominant, in other parts of the world he is often shown as black, Arab or Hispanic." And so the fundamental question remains: What did Jesus look like? 

An answer has emerged from an exciting new field of science: forensic anthropology. Using methods similar to those police have developed to solve crimes, British scientists, assisted by Israeli archeologists, have re-created what they believe is the most accurate image of the most famous face in human history. 

Read more: The Real Face Of Jesus - What Did Jesus Look Like? - Popular Mechanics

Monday, 1 July 2013

The mystical and radiant risen Lord appears to Thomas, the Twin, and says "Behold the hand, behold the nail" .... Yud Hey Vav Hey

Here is an explanation of what Jesus said to Thomas .... and why Thomas said to Jesus "MY LORD AND MY GOD"

Jesus Appears to Thomas (John 20)

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus [The Twin]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the NAIL marks in his HANDS and put my finger where the NAILS were, and put my HAND into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my HANDS.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Why does Thomas say "My Lord and my God" ?  

When translated into English from the original Hebrew the word "Lord" is used in place of the actual hidden name of God  --  יְהֹוָה  --  The 4 Hebrew letters YHWH.  The Hebrew letters written from right to left are .... Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh

These are the words spoken unto Moses (Exodus 3:15)

וַיֹּאמֶר עוֹד אֱלֹהִים אֶל משֶׁה כֹּה תֹאמַר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתֵיכֶם אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק וֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב שְׁלָחַנִי אֲלֵיכֶם זֶה שְּׁמִי לְעֹלָם וְזֶה זִכְרִי לְדֹר דֹּר: (Exodus 3:15) 

3:15 And God said further to Moses, "So shall you say to the children of Israel, 'The LORD (יְהֹוָה) God (אֱלֹהֵי) of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is My name forever, and this is how I should be mentioned in every generation.

The Name (ha-Shem) of God is yud-heh-vav-heh  (read from right to left) ..... 

    Heh         Vav         Heh        Yud

Each letter is originally a proto-hebrew pictograph with the following meanings:


-Yod or yud was anciently portrayed as a symbol of a hand [yad in Hebrew]. This is the entire hand, or closed hand [in contrast with the letter kaf, which comes from the pictograph of the palm of the hand]. The closed hand denotes power and, figuratively, ownership.
-Yod is masculine. In the sacred name Yahweh, it is representative of the Father.
-Yod is the seminal letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It cannot be divided into component parts, like other letters can. It signifies the oneness of Elohim.
-The yod is the smallest [and most humble] letter. From it, the other letters originate. It is symbolic of creation. 


-The letter hey is feminine, and represents femininity and gentleness. The first hey in the Name is representative of the Mother / Holy Spirit / Eloah.
-Hey means ‘behold’, ‘to show’ or ‘to reveal’.


-Vav is also masculine in gender.
-Vav signifies a nail, peg, or hook. It also conveys the meaning of being nailed or bound together.
-The numerical value of vav is 6.

They are pronounced, in Hebrew, "Yod Hey Vav Hey," when you read them in the Hebrew manner from right to left.

The four letters in God's name in Hebrew have the following meanings:

Hey = Behold

Vav = Nail

Yod = Closed Hand

When read in English from left to right, it says:

"BEHOLD THE NAIL, BEHOLD THE HAND!" Or, "Behold the nailed hand."

See Ancient Hebrew Letter Meanings :

The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple, Max Liebermann 1879

Max Liebermann (1847–1935) - The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple, 1879