When the Romans overran the Bible lands most of the Jews were dispersed to
other lands. But a few Jewish enclaves remained. The Jews who never left the
Middle East are seen by one author as indicators of the appearance of Jesus. In
his book Christianity 101, Gilbert Bilezikian concluded that Jesus must have
been short by modern standards, with a swarthy complexion, thick black hair,
deep set brown hair and strong facial characteristics. Bilezikian thinks Jesus
must have looked like the average person in Judea in his lifetime.

In fact, we can only guess at the physical appearance of Jesus. The guesses of
Bilezikian may be as good as any. It may be that physically Jesus resembled the
average person of his day, but in every other way he was far above average. He
was above average in intelligence. He was above average in wisdom. He was above
average in character. He was so far above average in those three ways that no
one has every yet attained to such intelligence, wisdom, and character.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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