Philosophers are the Patriarchs of heretics.- Tertullian
Pick one. They’re all equally speculative, all equally absurd, and all equally unlikely. And, most importantly, it just doesn’t matter and we will never be able to describe him historically.
Lol. At least you did not include the Michael Bolton looking Jesus as option
coulda. just as reliable as the rest
totally irresponsible journalism. I was the Israeli anthropologist who chose the skull for the reconstruction and the original oral agreement with the BBC was that, this was a male from the TIME of Jesus and in no way would it be marketed as this is what Jesus looked like!! No sooner did it run, it was being marketed as ‘this is what Jesus looked like. In fact, it ran for yrs despite our attempts to put a stop to this. Only when we threatened legal action did it stop, but now I see again its being run again.
Eventually, it got worse, they sold it to CNN who said he looks a bit ugly, so they did a ‘makeover’. Photo shop, no, they gave it to one of their in-studio artists. I was able to secure a photo of him and he made the CNN image to look like himself. As far as its forensic value in terms of identification, according to the police here, its virtually worthless.
the surprising thing is the ease with which so many scholars are engaged in such speculation. and they know it has no merit. but, name in the news and all…
Notice that mainly its the US media that runs this stuff, and like you say some scholars will do anything possible to get their name or face in print. In fact, while being paid for my appearance in I believe all three episodes, one well known American biblical ‘scholar’ suddenly appeared on the set speaking about Jewish tombs something which he knew little about. I asked the BBC why he was appearing and they replied, he asked and in fact not only paid his own way from the US to Jerusalem to appear on screen but picked up all expenses on the way, just to have his face on the screen. Seems he needed to expand his resume and impress students back there on the East Coast.
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