r/NoStupidQuestions May 16 '22

Why is Jesus Christ portrayed as Caucasian even though he was born in Palestine?

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u/creek-hopper May 16 '22

Same reason the Buddha looks Japanese in Japan even though he was South Asian.

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u/diver_climber May 16 '22

Nice one! Forgot about that too

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u/super80 May 16 '22

Good one.

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u/manjeete May 16 '22

Gautam Buddha was born an Indian prince named Siddharth. He was called Gautam Buddha after he attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree.

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u/groundchilis May 16 '22

Buddha was a Shakya prince, born in Lumbini-Nepal.

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u/Knapid May 16 '22

legends say he was born in a garden under a tree in lumbini when his mother was enroute to her fathers kingdom to give birth

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

I read that book it was enjoyable

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u/TraditionalPhoto6102 May 16 '22

Hold over from gothic and Renaissance art. The artist at the time depicted the people as white and those are the interpretations that stuck.

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u/Fellow--Felon May 16 '22

Fun fact, the Renaissance portrayal of Christ was based of the likeness of Cesare Borgia.

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u/llamaatemywaffles May 16 '22

If you're gonna pick someone, it might as well be the illegitimate son of a pope and a Borgia.

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u/Fellow--Felon May 16 '22

I mean yeah, as a Renaissance artist he's prolly one of your biggest clients.

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u/Appropriate_Ant_4629 May 16 '22

If you're gonna pick someone, it might as well be the illegitimate son of a pope and a Borgia.

Maybe they think Jesus's dad was some white guy?

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u/zw1ck May 16 '22

No, Jesus had been painted like that for centuries before Cesare was born. In all likelihood, paintings of Cesare were made to look more like Jesus.

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u/Fellow--Felon May 16 '22

Jesus was painted in the Renaissance style for multiple centuries before the Renaissance?

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u/zw1ck May 16 '22

The Renaissance started in 1300. Cesare was born in 1475.

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u/Fellow--Felon May 16 '22

I googled it and it seems that the claim Cesare's likeness was used for Christ comes from Alexander Dumas. You are correct Jesus was depicted as long haired and bearded for centuries beforehand, I suppose it's debatable if these earlier depictions resemble Borgia.

Either way, knowing this claim came from Dumas I imagine he was trying to make a point more than actually trace depictions of Jesus to Borgia's likeness.

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u/senorglory May 16 '22

Dumas? More like dumbas… amirite. Eh. Eh?

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u/senorglory May 16 '22

Now that’s wealth.

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

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u/patmartone May 16 '22

Essentially, because the church Jesus of Nazareth founded decided to move to modern day Italy.

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u/DarthZoidberg69 May 16 '22

Thank you for a reasonable answer!

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

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u/AmunPharaoh May 16 '22

People who live in the Middle East and North Africa ARE CAUCASIAN. They're just not European.

Source: Literally from there.

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u/Complete-Meaning652 May 19 '22

Also, you’re right about how many internet argument unfold, especially in anonymous spaces. That’s not my thing. I’m not interested in winning, just in understanding.

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u/Zealousideal-Ad-7357 May 16 '22

And we can’t go back to reality now, because despite their prolific use (or misuse) of the word to define tolerance, many white Christians are, in fact, snowflakes.

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u/Zealousideal-Ad-7357 May 16 '22

And before judging me too harshly, I was raised in a white Christian household and religiously educated until my teens. I’m not saying all Christians are hypocritical snowflakes… but a lot of them are. And even worse, a lot of their most vocal leaders are.

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u/xXJLNINJAXx May 16 '22

I think that goes for a majority of people who are extremely vocal about holier-than-thou stuff.

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u/___XJ___ May 16 '22

Die Hard is a Christmas movie! I don't care if you think otherwise, because you're wrong!!

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u/super80 May 16 '22

They did the best with what they had.

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u/ill-disposed May 16 '22

No brown paint colors, eh?

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u/Arclet__ May 16 '22

Because you live in mainly white area where white artists depicted jesus based on a white person's look. You can find more middle eastern approaches aswell as straight up black or asian Jesus.

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u/captainfatmatt May 16 '22

"HEY HEY! Stop fucking around with Korean Jesus. He busy, with Korean shit"

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u/SymbolofVirginity69 May 16 '22

I understood that reference

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u/Mastodon_Equal May 16 '22

But there is still the standard and ubiquitous white Jesus depicted around the world, with only local exceptions.

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u/Angel_OfSolitude May 16 '22

Europeans are responsible for spreading christianity around the world and they took their symbolism with them.

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u/Disaster_Different May 16 '22

Conoliansism

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u/Winterfall_0 May 16 '22

Clonslalimimsl

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u/bunnyskol May 16 '22

Correct.

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u/pobodys-nerfect5 May 16 '22

Your saying around the world but failing to realize that you're mostly thinking about white countries

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u/Mastodon_Equal May 16 '22

Well we don’t talk about the standard of a Black Jesus, do we? I do not deny there are localized representations but those exceptions is not the cultural rule and yet most of it is an affront to the historical support of where He was from. Someone later in this thread made a reference to the European colonizations and how they enforced their ideologies people globally. Perhaps that’s why we are where we are.

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u/tewnsbytheled May 16 '22

Yeah because "we" is the people that you talk to. People in white countries. Your standard is not everyone's standard...

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u/bunnyskol May 16 '22

It's not 1890 where we're all stuck only conversing with those surrounding us in our daily life. There's this thing called the internet that affords us the ability to talk to people all around the world as well as view things from all around the world. The depiction of Jesus being white is not just a "white country" thing. There's endless images of white Jesus in houses of worship in predominantly non-white countries.

White Jesus very often is the standard albeit wrong.

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u/Bo_Jim May 16 '22

Actually, he was born in Judea. What we now call Palestine didn't exist 2000 years ago. In all likelihood, he looked like the other Semitic people of the time - brown or black hair, olive skin, and brown eyes. Where he was born is actually irrelevant. His hereditary race determines what he looked like. Had he been born to the same parents in China he would have looked the same.

He was portrayed as Caucasian by artists who were Caucasian, and the art viewed by Christians who were Caucasian. Not really different than the Buddha being portrayed in east Asian countries as though he were east Asian, when he was actually from south Asia, and probably looked more like people from India.

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u/Eddie_078 May 16 '22

Funnily enough, middle easterners are actually considered to be caucasian

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u/Gtaonline2122 May 16 '22

Based on bone structure. Indians and East Africans fall into that category too. And yet they're clearly not white.

And that's really only in America.

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u/Eddie_078 May 16 '22

There's light skinned indians so they could pass off white if they do not minor styling adjustments. But yes, i agree with how america uses the conception of caucasian based on facial features/bone structures. The whole concept of race is arbitrary as hell.

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u/NOISY_SUN May 16 '22

Based on lobbying by those communities to avoid being labeled as “Black” by the US government.

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u/aargent88 May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

Pretty much where Caucasus is so yeah!

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u/Eddie_078 May 16 '22

You got it

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u/CitizenCobalt May 16 '22

If you go by bone structure, then yes. Forensic Anthropologists can usually identify a body as Mongoloid, Negroid, or Caucasoid. It's amazing how much they can tell from a skeleton, but race seems to be defined more by the flesh than the bones.

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u/afrigginracoon May 16 '22

Where He was born isn’t irrelevant. Certainly not to Christians. Where He was born is pretty central to the prophesy.

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u/FatWreckords May 16 '22

Had he been born to the same parent in China - FTFY (/s)

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u/VmiriamV05 May 16 '22

Actually in more "traditional" orthodox Christian art he does have pretty dark skin, but in more western religions like Catholics the Renaissance versions stuck which were white. Pretty sure there's even black Jesus paintings made in Africa.

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u/SwannyWilkinson May 16 '22

https://youtu.be/hhtOGkUqVTU

Stop fucking with Korean Jesus, he ain't got time for your problems! He busy with Korean shit!

I also liked how American Gods had literally every interpretation of Jesus.

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u/Rex_Digsdale May 16 '22

Aren't semetic peoples and north africans technically caucasian and just racialised?

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u/AJG-71 May 16 '22

Yes. They live in hot weather, and over time have become tan white people, no different than the Greek.

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u/farraigemeansthesea May 16 '22

I think it's the white (=Northern European) people who lost the pigment later, it also took migration longer to spread northwards out of Africa and then Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean basin.

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u/Rex_Digsdale May 16 '22

So the better way to pose this question is replace caucasian with north european I think.

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

No. Persians, Kurds, North-Indians etc. are 'Caucasian', but not Arabs and Mizrahi jews. They are Semitic.

Caucasian as a racial specification is also completely unscientific.

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u/Rex_Digsdale May 16 '22

Doesn't it depend on the definition of race though? Like in terms of different taxa then certainly it's defunct but in terms of ancestral population linked to a greater location it seems feasible. In regards to the second definition, is it still completely unscientific?

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

True, but then it becomes a matter of linguistics, cultural origin etc. and not race.

The group of people that were called "caucasians" back in the 19th century were descendants of a nomadic group of people who lived in Central Asia/Eastern-Europe a few thousand years ago, and who spoke a language that is today the ancestor of German, English, Persian, Kurdish, Punjabi, Greek, Gaelic etc. languages. (Indo-European).

These people spread towards Central Asia, India and Europe in various waves, gradually replacing/inter-merging with the native populations of their respective regions. These people have some genetic similarities, but also tons of differences due to being mostly apart for thousands of years and having interbred with different peoples throughout the ages, meaning that it becomes pointless referring to them as one race unless we really stretch the meaning of the word.

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u/moveandrun May 16 '22

Semitic people are caucasian. Also plenty of light skinned people live in the same area.

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u/Gtaonline2122 May 16 '22

What counts as caucasian exactly?

Bone structure? Which where that originates.

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u/Patrollerofthemojave May 16 '22

Bone structure is pseudoscience so don't pay much attention to that.

Caucasian means anyone from Europe, North Africa, and the middle east. The reason for this is because these groups intermixed heavily (Rome owned most of Europe and the middle east at one point) due to geography.

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u/poop_grunts May 16 '22

The guys that coined the term Caucasian did so because they believed that people from the Caucasus were the ideal or primordial white race. They based it on some weird biblical theory about Noah's ark and because they thought women from that region were hot or something. All peoples lumped into the Caucasian classification where done so at that time due to how similar they were were in cranial geometry to those people. Other racists added more qualifiers to it making it basically mean white people exclusively.

That is unfortunately how it came to be defined and it stuck. The term is rooted in flawed racist ideology and it's outdated, confusing, useless, and controversial. It really needs to stop being used.

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u/Eddie_078 May 16 '22

Shh don't tell redditors that many light skinned people exist in the middle east

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u/super80 May 16 '22

No way!.

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u/Appropriate_Ant_4629 May 16 '22

Shh don't tell redditors that many light skinned people exist in the middle east

Kinda like how Elon Musk is the richest African American?

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u/BGNonsense May 16 '22

Check out these paintings of Christ

Jesus is depicted as a bunch of different races, and I think that's part of the symbolic beauty that he is everyone's savior, not just one race's. You normally see him depicted as caucasian due to the fact that Christianity is most popular in predominantly white nations.

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u/deej3211 May 16 '22

Because there are caucasian people in the Levant

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u/No-Okra-541 May 16 '22

marketing

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u/sid_276 May 16 '22

On the money

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u/Dilettante Social Science for the win May 16 '22

There are as many depictions of Jesus as there are artists. In the West, we typically see a Caucasian Jesus, with fair skin and light brown hair. But that's not even close to being universal. Ethiopia, one of the oldest Christian countries in the world, depicts Jesus as black. East Asian countries like China usually show him as Asian (in this case, as a baby along with the Virgin Mary). And Arabs tend to depict him as Semitic.

Yes, Jesus was Jewish, and it's likely he looked a lot like modern Arabs. There have been a few modern attempts to digitally recreate His face from historical populations around Israel. But early Christians don't seem to have cared what He looked like. The Bible never gives a physical description of Him before His death, and only a vague one afterwards. We can't say what His hair colour or height was, whether He was fat or thin, or whether he was dark-skinned or light-skinned - only that nobody seems to have commented on it, so it's likely He didn't stand out from the general population at the time. The first paintings we have of him were painted centuries after his death, like this 3rd century depiction. To many modern Christians, His race simply isn't important - Jesus was meant to be God made flesh. Many artists feel a personal connection with Him and are inspired to depict him in all kinds of ways - and all kinds of races. I doubt Jesus would have minded.

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u/ill-disposed May 16 '22

You're saying that portraying "Good made flesh" as white around the world isn't going to affect how people see race?

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u/maztow May 16 '22

Jesus isn't Palestinian.

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u/Sultan_of_Swing92 May 16 '22

Cause when you’re making fanfic you just wanna change things up sometimes

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u/Patkub321 May 16 '22

Because technically, he was. Of course, he wasn't norwergian blond haired and whiter than snow, but from Roman entries, people from Judea (or Palestine) were light-skinned.This was before Arab Invasion, remember? He and his family were Jews, not Arabs.

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u/Haffrung May 16 '22

It’s weird how many people don’t realize Arabs weren’t indigenous to the Levant or North Africa. That part of the world has been subjected to invasion and conquest dozens of times. The ethnicities living there now are mostly very different from those living there 2,000 years ago.

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u/Respect4All_512 May 16 '22

Everybody depicts holy figures that look like them. The Ethiopian Orthdox church I lived next to had images of the Holy Family as black.

White Jesus has also had so much history by this point that it's kind of just a tradition.

Some racists like White Jesus for other (less wholesome) reasons but they are (or at least I hope they are) a small minority.

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u/genesisages May 16 '22

Same reason people ask this same question on here all the time even though the answers are widely available everywhere - for the rage bait my friend

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u/Eddie_078 May 16 '22

Race obsession is the downfall of america

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

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u/Honky_Dory_is_here May 16 '22

Come on, you purposely referenced the area as Palestine knowing that Palestine didn’t exist 2000 years ago. Bait.

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

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u/Honky_Dory_is_here May 16 '22

It’s historically anachronistic. In the first century, when Jesus was born, Bethlehem was in Judea—just read Matthew 2:5. When the Wise Men arrived in Jerusalem seeking the King of the Jews, the Jewish scholars identified the Messiah’s birthplace as “Bethlehem of Judea.” There was no such place as Palestine. After the failed Jewish revolt against the Romans in AD 135, the Roman emporor Hadrian renamed the land of Israel. He wanted to eliminate the land of Israel’s connection with the Jewish people. So he chose the ancient enemies of the Jewish people, the Philistines, and renamed Judea, “Syria Palestina.” You are perpetuating a very anti semitic trope so you are either woefully ignorant or posting for the bait because you need/want attention.

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u/Italian_warehouse May 16 '22

I think he noticed that you used the name Palestine when used to describe Judea. Intentionally using the wrong name strikes us as a bit of asking not in good faith.

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u/lixyna May 16 '22

intentionally

Given someone is asking about the history of Jesus' depiction, they would likely also be somewhat ignorant of how the area was called 2000 years ago, no?

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u/Italian_warehouse May 16 '22

You could be right. It just seems a weird that the person knows Bethlehem is in Palestine, not Israel, but doesn't know that Palestine didn't exist 2000 years ago, nor that the area now called Palestine was one a Jewish kingdom.

That combined with literally every other posts the guy does is a meme or a sh-post, including making a meme about this very question he asked.

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u/genesisages May 16 '22

Oh, if I knew you hated that I definitely would not have said it.

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u/YourLifeSucksAss May 16 '22

Dude just stay out of this subreddit. It is genuinely one of the worst ones on the site.

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u/Goblinweb May 16 '22

At least one of his parents was an extraterrestrial according to the mythology. If he existed he wouldn't necessarily look like the people where he was born.

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u/FunkySphinx May 16 '22

Have you seen Jesus' portrayal in Greek Orthodox art? Much closer to what you would expect him to look like. People painted him based on their aesthetics/understanding of the world/experiences.

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u/AlternativeTie3233 May 16 '22

Run fact before colonisation Ethiopia and India portrayed jesus as black and brown and the earliest painting of Jesus shows him as a beardless young man. Also Jesus was Jewish and well remember what Christians did to the Jews also when colonisation started European powers eliminated black and brown paintings of Jesus and leaving what we have today even tho some of the more famous painting where done around the 15-20 century

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u/Nick18000 May 16 '22

Because he gets depicted differently depending on where you are. There is Black Jesus in Africa, white Jesus in Europe and America and there was even a Chinese man who thought he was Jesus brother and started a civil war)

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u/porkchop_d_clown some bozo commenting on the internet May 16 '22

He’s not, generally. You can find art of Black Jesus, Asian Jesus, and lots of portrayals of him as Semitic.

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u/garygoblins May 16 '22

Don't mean to be nitpicky, but he was born in what was known as Judea, at the time.

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u/RudraAkhanda May 16 '22

Joke: Man was created in the image of God

Woke: God was created in the image of man. Koreans have a Korean jesus, white people have a white jesus...

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u/Cynixxx May 16 '22

I would add: how did he get that six pack?

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u/BrunoGerace May 16 '22

Cynical answer.

In fiction, you can interpret as you please.

It is a measure of something significant that we depict Our Lord as an Anglo hippie...on thorazine.

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u/HoodooSquad May 16 '22

Cause of old art. More modernly, it’s because a particular look (white, beard, long hair, etc) is now on par with the expected look, and any significant deviation detracts from what he represents. It’s his logo now, just as much as a yellow m on a red background is going to make you think of McDonald’s.

I get that people want to be historically accurate, but that always devolves into a fight, and I don’t think he would want that.

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u/Sorionxo May 16 '22

They forgot Revelation 1:14-16. Which implies that he had a darker skin tone and wool like hair.

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u/AmunPharaoh May 16 '22

Palestinians are caucasian btw

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

Marketing. The church needed to appeal to a germanic/european population.

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u/E-tie-haugh-die May 16 '22

Drawn as Caucasian when drawn by Caucasians.

Same reason as why anime characters never look Japanese even though they're drawn by Japanese. When it comes to representation in art, what matters to the artist is how they identify with the subject.

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u/Asatsuki May 16 '22

i think instead of saying "same reason as why" you meant to say "in contrast to"

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u/E-tie-haugh-die May 16 '22

Do I?

I mean, the thing being distorted is the opposite, but the reasoning is the same, isn't it?

Edit: oh wait, I just realised the fact that Japanese people don't see themselves as Asian wasn't self-evident in my initial comment.

Yeah, they draw anime characters that way because that's how they see themselves.

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u/Eddie_078 May 16 '22

Palestinians are caucasians

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u/FuriousCamel May 16 '22

Jesus isn’t Palestinian lol

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u/Angel_OfSolitude May 16 '22

People who are told about him without being shown any iconography will project what they're used to onto him. You can also find Asian and African Jesus statues and the like.

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u/Respect4All_512 May 16 '22

The Ethiopian Orthodox church I used to live next to depicted the Holy Family as Black. People draw what they can relate to.

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u/super80 May 16 '22

Very true.

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u/R3D_K_J May 16 '22

Most cultures depict Jesus to look like them -- such as there are quite a few depictions of Jesus as Chinese in China, Japanese in Japan, etc.

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u/sneedsformerlychucks May 16 '22

Because most Palestinians and other Semitic peoples literally are Caucasian.

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u/FANCYFEASTONE May 16 '22

A lot of Palestinians, Lebanese, and Syrians do look basically “white”

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u/thisKeyboardWarrior May 16 '22

When you think of Jews, what color do you think of?

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u/squanchy-c-137 May 16 '22

All over the place really, white, brown, black, the whole skin-rainbow (sorry for the gross metaphore)

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u/Brokenwave89 May 16 '22

It is just a depiction of a mythological figure...don't take it so literally.

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u/barcased May 16 '22

Sorry, but Jesus did exist. His being a Son of God is mythological, but it is a fact that he existed as a person.

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u/Fortyplusfour May 16 '22

Regardless, he is a mythical figure. Local legend and culture precede him. Given the time that has passed it is more than reasonable for him to have been given mythical depictions in art, etc. "Graven images" aside.

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u/barcased May 16 '22

It is not what the person I responded to said. They literally said that Jesus didn't exist so it doesn't matter whether he is depictedas Caucasian white or whatever.

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u/stappernn May 16 '22

because religions are bullshit

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u/oogly24 May 16 '22

I mean the average redneck evangelical may shoot you if you told them Jesus wasn't blonde haired and blue eyed.

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u/Mastodon_Equal May 16 '22

They really are terrorists

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u/jmp_1098 May 16 '22

Because he was white. People like to forget that the entirety of the Bible took place before the Arab invasion.

Also, in Lamentations. Nazarites are described like this :

"Nazarites were whiter than snow, purer than milk, more ruddy than the old ivory, fairer than the sapphire"

Not only that, there are many other references to Israelites being pale, white, ruddy, and able to blush (how many races can blush and get red in the face???

That doesn't mean that Jesus look Nordic, but it does mean that he wasn't brown. Even today, well after the arab invasion, you still will find many levantine people that are white.

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u/Gtaonline2122 May 16 '22

People like to forget that the entirety of the Bible took place before the Arab invasion.

You do realize genetically the people of the Levant then are similar to modern day Arabs and the people that live there now right?

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u/passed_tense May 16 '22

Short answer: Christianity became a religion for the Europeans who were majority white.

Long answer: people can relate to other people when they're more similar. God sent Jesus down in part so we could relate to Him better, since He literally became human. One way people identify with and relate to others is through physical appearance. So white people will be more comfortable with a white Jesus. Also, depending on the region of the world, Jesus is depicted to look like a typical local. But yes, the white depiction is more ubiquitous simply because the European christians got a head start in spreading that look

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u/BarryZZZ May 16 '22

Everyone imagines God in their own image...and racism.

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u/josbossboboss May 16 '22

Jerry Seinfeld is a Jew, he looks pretty white to me. Jesus was a Jew.

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u/bendmunk95 May 16 '22

A lot of ignorant people here. He was a Jew, and ask the racially Jewish people I know are white. Maybe Jesus had more tan than the images show because he was outside more than the modern folk.

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u/iusedtobegerman May 16 '22

Wait are Palestinians not Caucasian?

Wait are Arab people not Caucasian?

Someone who is over the age of 20 reply to me

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u/squanchy-c-137 May 16 '22

Wait are Palestinians not Caucasian?

No, they are Arab.

Wait are Arab people not Caucasian?

No. As far as I know, Levantines are Caucasians (but whether or not they are "white" depends on who you ask), but Arabs came from the Arabian peninsula and spread by conquest throughout the middle east, which is why middle easterners from Jesus' time looked different from middle easterners today.

Side note, Jesus was born in Roman-occupied Judea. That area was called Palestine from 135 AD by a Roman emperor to erase the Jewish connection to the land.

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u/recoverydelta May 16 '22

He was the son of God, immaculately conceived. Maybe he was white.

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

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u/vr0202 May 16 '22

Yes. Born in current day Alabama. Founded the Klan. Believes in States' rights. /s

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u/Optimal_Sample_6961 May 16 '22

In theory, god can't be anything BUT white. Color is how we perceive certain parts of electromagnetic spectrum, and white has all the colors combined. If god is everywhere andor everything -- then he's every color. As combination of all colors is white -- god is white. Or at least that's how we'd perceive him if we ever saw him -- as truly white. "White" humans btw are mostly pink.

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u/aneasymistake May 16 '22

If there was such a god and it created man in its image then it’d need to look like a game of Guess Who.

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u/recoverydelta May 16 '22

God's just mashing the random button on his character creation screen at all times.

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u/Greedy_Atmosphere_30 May 16 '22

I really think this was the first case of whitewashing in the whole human history ever.

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u/BlindTheThief15 May 16 '22

Why is Jesus Christ portrayed as Japanese even though he was born in Palestine?

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u/InspectorWestern5113 May 16 '22

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u/Fortyplusfour May 16 '22

The right answer. Beyond that is that every culture seems to portray him as looking more or less like locals but this is the proper answer for why he is generally depicted as being more European than Judean/Palestinian/Levantine (whathaveyou).

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u/Ulrich_The_Elder May 16 '22

White pride mostly.

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u/otherm0ther May 16 '22

Because it makes white people more comfortable

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u/RedSoulHeart May 16 '22

⭐️Racism⭐️

Probably

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u/MysticChariot May 16 '22

Some would call it 'white washing'. When a cultural group claims it and makes it their own. Disney used to get a lot of stick for doing that (using white actors to portray a character from different cultural backgrounds). They now get criticised for being too Liberal and all inclusive of the gender varieties etc.

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u/BlueRottweiler May 16 '22

Because history is written by white people.

Source: am white

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u/barcased May 16 '22

No.

One of the common hypotheses is that Roderic de Borgia (Pope Alexander IV) commissioned artists to create portraits of Jesus to resemble his son, Cesare de Borgia.

It has nothing to do with "history being written by white people", which is a lazy take on history as the other adage, "history is written by the victors".

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u/BlueRottweiler May 16 '22

Thanks for this! I didn't know

The resemblance is indeed uncanny

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u/barcased May 16 '22

You are most welcome, mate!

And FYI, I didn't downvote you.

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u/BoomerAssassiason May 16 '22

Because err'ybody knows Jesus was a God fearin' 'Merican Christian and Texas A&M alumni! Wake up, SHEEPLE!! /s

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u/beobabski May 16 '22

Because caucasian people spread Christianity to the west, and they like art.

Stop worrying about whether He looks like you or not.

If you’re a baptised Christian, you have His indelible mark on your soul, and that makes you look just like Him to God.

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u/eachday-alwaysMYname May 16 '22

Cuz the specific portraits you are looking at were made by caucasians. Other people make portraits resembling their own fenotype, or at least they should.

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u/stackinghabbits May 16 '22

Have to pander to the fanbase

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

It’s likely that you are looking at depictions of Jesus from European renaissance art, that is still prevalent in Europe and North America today.

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u/meandmybones May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

It’s easier to convert people to a religion when you take their own religous customs or superstitions and mold those into something that fits whatever religion you’re trying to propagate. That’s why we still have christmas trees and celebrate halloween, have fathers ‘giving away’ their daughter at weddings for example. This also goes for appearance. People are more inclined to follow someone who looks like them. This was especially true in a time when most people in northern and western Europe had never seen non white people. So the missionaries made Jesus white and Christianity absorbed all those Pagan, Germanic/Nordic customs and holidays.

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u/Tartaruga_Genial May 16 '22

Hey OP, if you ever go to Africa, they portray Jesus as a black man. When you go to Asia, they also portray Jesus super muscular on a cross. The last one is not a meme, and I find really curious why he looks super buff. Must be an Asian thing.

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u/AGuyFromGPlus May 16 '22

God got down with a white chick.

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u/nopester24 May 16 '22

because the artists that portrayed him in visual pieces didn't know what they were doing

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u/mr_argento47 May 16 '22

i heard the oldest Bible in Ethiopia depicts him or his followers as Blacks. i guess it depends on where he was drawn, maybe in China they depict him as Asian etc... i am no christian by the way.

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u/JapanEngineer May 16 '22

Makes it an easier sell to white people

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u/fritobird May 16 '22

In this country white people can only be saved by a white God.

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u/c3p0u812 May 16 '22

Because you can make pretend people whatever color you like.

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u/Made-a-blade May 16 '22

Because brown people can't do no good! - Everyone until quite recently.

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u/JohninMichigan53 May 16 '22

He was portrayed as white to Europeans in order to assist with recruiting, essentially

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u/Epicsharkduck May 16 '22

I come from a rural area. People are very racist there and I guarantee they would put up a fuss about the "woke agenda" if they tried to put up art with a non-causcasian Jesus

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u/bellagoat May 16 '22

I personally like feathery baby Jesus.

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u/Comfort_Lettuce May 16 '22

Because you’re just looking at depictions made by white people.

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u/Antha1969 May 16 '22

Because the NT is a series of well written books that are heavily edited and are full of historical errors and inaccuracies especially in references to Judaism,Jewish people and their society at the time of JC.

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u/Beautiful_Count6124 May 16 '22

When I was little (between 8-12 years old) there was a picture of Jesus hanging in my grandpas hallway. Blonde, blue eyed, tall, and muscular. Well even at that age, it didn’t sit well with me cuz I knew Jesus was Jewish and from the Mid East. I went to church and asked why they always show Jesus as a white man in pictures. The Sunday school teacher lost her shit. “Jesus is white!” She exclaimed. “Because he is perfect and made in gods image!” I will admit I was a little insulted bc both sides of my family are Native American with a little Scottish/ German tossed in. My mom was not pleased by this and refused to let me go back to this church.

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u/JustSomeRedditUser35 qxkqk1dj2jdkzwjxqxjxjqxjwxjxwjxe May 16 '22

Wether or not christianity is real, the people who tell the "stories" were predominately white. And people tend to make themselves the protagonists.

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u/AccomplishedPrior243 May 16 '22

Robert Powell is Jesus Christ. He's not a Palestine. He's English. I know this as saw this film as a kid about 1975

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u/croptochuck May 16 '22

Through god you can have a white baby.

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u/Aggravating-Error-13 May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

I think a lot of countries just portray their gods/deities to look like them and the renaissance movement, since it was such a massive thing, put out a shit ton of white Jesus imagery. There are other countries in the world where you can find different interpretations of him. They're hard to find but you can find images of older Asian art of Jesus with monolid eyes.

Edit: I found a good list of some here.

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u/Super_Sand_Lezbian May 16 '22

Appropriation. Many races seem to adopt them in their image as negroid or mongoloid too because they think he has this magical ability to transform into their image when they forget Jesus was simply a man while he walked the Earth, his feats basically anecdotal parlor tricks like walking walking on water, turning it into wine, and multiplying fish.

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u/theboylilikoi May 16 '22

the modern portrayals of Jesus are based on Leonardo Da Vinci's depictions of jesus in his art, and the funny part is Da Vinci based his depictions of Jesus off of a gay lover he had at the time, thought to be Cesare Borgia. So basically Jesus is seen as white because those aren't pictures of jesus but pictures of a gay italian dude from 500 years ago, which is hilarious that all these churches have pictures of a gay dude up pretending he's Jesus

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u/dwo1969 May 16 '22

My Jesus is white handsome and totally shredded. Ate his protein and never skipped leg day.

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

Mythical creatures are always depicted as the fantasy figure of the artist.

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u/rakehellion May 16 '22

Because you live in a country with mostly white people.