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What Did Jesus Look Like? (Hardback)
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What Did Jesus Look Like? (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 08/02/2018
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Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image adorns countless churches, icons, and paintings. He is the subject of millions of statues, sculptures, devotional objects and works of art. Everyone can conjure an image of Jesus: usually as a handsome, white man with flowing locks and pristine linen robes. But what did Jesus really look like? Is our popular image of Jesus overly westernized and untrue to historical reality? This question continues to fascinate. Leading Christian Origins scholar Joan E. Taylor surveys the historical evidence, and the prevalent image of Jesus in art and culture, to suggest an entirely different vision of this most famous of men. He may even have had short hair.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567671509
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 762 g
Dimensions: 216 x 170 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
In this beautifully written, lavishly artistic, and appealing book, Taylor (King's College London, UK) challenges readers to reappraise their mental picture of what Jesus looked like ... By tracing the artistic development of Jesus to the archaeological findings of the period, Taylor demolishes the customary and culturally recognized Jesus in favor of a more realistic picture of Jesus's physical appearance. Summing Up: Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
Taylor's gorgeous book can be recommended for university classrooms as a text useful for studies of Christian iconography, or the history of ideas about Jesus. * Reading Religion *
What Did Jesus Look Like? is significant for all who are interested in Christian history and faith [...] Each time I flipped through it and beheld the pieces of art, I was flooded with memories of my own experiences involving images of Jesus. Time and again, I felt like Holmes's comrade, Dr. Watson. With each turn of the page, I was astounded as Taylor took historical clues and transformed my confusion into clarity. * The Christian Century *
[Taylor] has an enviable eye for the practicalities of life in the New Testament's world ... It must be a promising sign, wishing a book did not end when it does. * The Daily Telegraph *
[A] fascinating book. 5* * The Sunday Telegraph *
This instructive and superbly illustrated study is a joy to read. * Times Literary Supplement *
[A] wide-ranging, richly illustrated study. * The Daily Mail *
A well-illustrated compact volume. * Church Times *
Thought-provoking,informative and beautifully illustrated book ... Although resting on plenty of solid scholarship, evidenced in the pages of notes and bibliography, this is a very readable study and encourages us to reflect on our own picture of Jesus and where it has come from. * Methodist Recorder *
I love this richly illustrated book, in which Taylor considers lots of evidence and presents a new and strikingly different vision of his appearance. * The Bookseller *
Thanks to her detailed historical reconstruction, [Taylor] was able to literally sketch out an image that stands as a more faithful representation of the most famous man in Western history. * Aleteia *
An exceptionally grand book ... a survey so rich in textual illustration and artistry that by the time the reader has made it through to the end of the book their only utterance is a quietly whispered `wow' breathed out in awe ... This book is genius. A term I am not used to using of books, or most authors and scholars. But here it applies to both book and scholar. Pure genius. -- Jim West * Zwinglius Redivivus *
A terrific book [which] takes us on an intriguing journey into how people thought about Jesus. * Psephizo *
Scholarly and erudite. * Art and Christianity *
In this beautifully illustrated volume, Joan Taylor takes readers on a fascinating journey all the way back through mediaeval art and relics, catacomb paintings and basilica frescoes to the historical Jesus himself. With wide-ranging erudition and impeccable scholarly judgement, Taylor uncovers both his physical appearance and the clothing he most likely wore. Prepare to have your mental image of Jesus changed forever! * Helen K. Bond, University of Edinburgh, UK *
A lucid, organized, and beautifully illustrated survey of the ways Christians have pictured Jesus through the centuries. Taylor writes with the erudition of a scholar and the passion of an excellent story teller. Highly recommended. * Robin Jensen, University of Notre Dame, USA *

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