Pictures of Christ

I always find pictures of Jesus fascinating. Some I like, some I don't - but they always seem to touch a deep interest in me. I am intrigued by what Jesus may have looked like.

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Here are two paintings by Heinrich Hofmann. Do you like them?
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  1. Anonymous  

    1 May 2009 at 00:02

    As I've said elsewhere -- I really like the joke (and I enjoy your blog, too, Kath, though I rarely comment) but, BUT, I am concerned that just quoting this as it is makes it look like a genuine document.

    hopeful. :)

  2. Kath Williamson  

    2 May 2009 at 21:17

    If you have any evidence that this is a fake then I would be fascinated to hear it. I didn't investigate very thoroughly as it seemed not to be a major issue. We don't know what Jesus looked like and I guess we never shall. I just enjoy speculating sometimes.

  3. Anonymous  

    3 May 2009 at 22:12

    There is abundant evidence that the letter is a fake; it is just one small part of a whole book of similar fake letters produced in the 1880s in America -- a book which was known at the time to be fake, and reviewed as such -- its author ( a clergyman, unhappily) was even suspended by his presbytery for plagiarism, since another part of the book was copied verbatim from "Ben Hur" (and that part, too, was presented as a genuine first-century document).

    It is this hoax book from the 1880s which is in the Congressional library, not a first-century document.

    The book has been reprinted; a short review by the UK-based Christian scholar W. R. Pearse is on the Amazon website at

  4. Kath Williamson  

    4 May 2009 at 00:00

    Thank you for this. I also have done some research now and as a result I will remove the passage from the post.

  5. Anonymous  

    4 May 2009 at 09:55

    I see God in colours and scenery..if that doesn't sound stupid ...sometimes as faceless a safe hugger..enfolding...
    I totally respect what other people find helpful but I can only relate to a genderless God....
    All the aspects of friends that are positive rolled into a warm image...a experience..a relationship that is real but totally different from my friendships...
    I can relate to God as a shepherd...a parent who really loves...a counsellor....
    abstract images are really helpful...

  6. Kath Williamson  

    4 May 2009 at 19:51

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  7. Kath Williamson  

    4 May 2009 at 19:52

    God always meets us at our point of need and, I believe, always communicated with us in ways that we can accept. And so that may be different for different people. Stick with what works for you, Col.
    Thanks for your comments.

  8. Jackie Bellfield  

    5 May 2009 at 00:37

    What does Jesus look like? That depends on how I feel most days..... completely contextual.
    The world church resource "The Christ We Share" offers provides a stream of thought provoking and heart rendering images from across the world.

  9. Kath Williamson  

    5 May 2009 at 20:55

    Here is a link to the comments I received about this post on the St Pixel's website (of which I am a member)