Early Depictions of Short Haired Clean Shaven Christ
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Location

Time

Portrait

Fresco, Catacomb of Priscilla (Jesus Preaching)

Rome, mid 2nd Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Fresco, Catacomb of San Callisto, Crypt of Lucina, Fresco (Shepherd)

Rome, 2nd century

Clean shaven, short hair

Fresco, Catacomb of Priscilla (Last supper; Shepherd)

Rome, 3rd Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Ivory statuette (Shepherd)

Rome, c 300 A.D.

Clean shaven, short hair

Ring seal

3rd Century

Clean shaven

Fresco, Mausoleum of the Julii (Sol Invictus
)

Rome, late 3rd Century

Bearded, short hair

Mosaic portrait of Jesus

Hinton St Mary 4th Century

Clean shaven

Catacomb of Sts Peter & Marcellinus
 
(Shepherd; Multiplication of the loaves)

Rome, early 4th 
Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Fresco, Catacomb Via Latina (Raising Lazarus; at Jacob’s Well; Sermon)

Rome, 4th Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Fresco, Catacomb of Domitilla (12 Apostles)

Rome, 4th Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Sarcophagus (Jesus with Adam & Eve)

Rome, 4th Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Santa Costanza (Portrait)

Rome, c 350 A.D.

Clean shaven, short hair

Via Latina Catacomb (Raising Lazarus
)

Rome, c 350-400 A.D.

Clean shaven, short hair

Sarcophagus (Jesus rides a Donkey)

Rome, c 359 A.D.

Clean shaven, short hair

Tomb (Resurrection)

Rome, c 400 A.D.

Clean shaven, short hair

Fresco, Catacomb of Praetextatus (Shepherd)

Rome 350 – 450 A.D.

Clean shaven, short hair

Sarcophagus, Catacomb of Praetextatus (Shepherd)

Rome 350 – 450 A.D.

Bearded, short hair

Ivory panel (Death of Jesus and Judas)

Early 5th Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Ivory panel (Healing the Leper)

Palermo, 5th Century

Clean shaven, long hair

Sarcophagus (Raising Lazarus
)

Istanbul, 5th Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Mausoleum of Galla Placida (Shepherd)

Ravena, Italy, c 425 A.D.

Clean shaven, short hair

Baptism by John the Baptist

Ravenna, Italy, 5th Century

Clean shaven, long hair

Bapistry of the Orthodox (Baptism)

Ravenna, Italy, c 500 A.D.

Bearded, long hair

Ivory diptych, cover of Gospels

Italy, 6th Century

Bearded, long hair

Mosaic in St Apollinare Nuovo church

Ravenna, Italy, 6th Century

Clean shaven, short hair

Catacomb of Comodilla

Rome, 6th Century

Bearded, long hair

St Catherine’s Monastery (Transfiguration)

Sinai, c 565 A.D.

Bearded, long hair

Front cover of Lindau Gospels

Switzerland, c 880 A.D.

Clean shaven, long hair

Illustrated poem by Hrabanus Maurus

Vienna, 9th Century

Clean shaven, short hair

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#12
Ok, so here we count about thirty depictions of Christ that are not even consistent with each other in the hair and beard department.

Most of these come from early Roman periods where the people shaved and cut their hair short.

Still there are THOUSANDS of others where Jesus is beared and has long hair.

And then there's THIS:

[Image: shroud-neg.jpg]

I dunno about you, but I'm going with heaven's depiciton.
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#13
Quote:
It was a common characteristic of Jewish men to wear their hair in a close-cropped fashion. Eusebius copied the text of the Jewish historian Josephus in Against Apion I.22, para.173-4. In this section, Josephus was quoting an early Gentile author who gave some unique grooming styles of Jewish men. Josephus shows that the Jews were known, as Eusebius renders it, for “their close-cropped hair” (Preparation for the Gospel, IX.9, sect 412b).
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#14
Funny, but the description from Josephus, that I remember, describes His hair as down to the shoulders and parted in the middle in the Nazarene fashion. I have to find it.
And if this quote os true why has no one else picked up on it?

And why do you take this over the Shroud of Turin?

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#15
Raising of Lazarus

[Image: TheGiordani_RaiseLazarus.jpg]
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#16
didishroom Wrote:Yet the Shroud of Tourin depicts Him with shoulder length hair.

No it doesn't. It depicts Him with hair at least to the shoulder.
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#17
Stevus, I mean this kindly: what's you're point?

Further, I'd like to offer this possibility: the artists of the portrayals that have come down to us through history had never actually SEEN Jesus.  They were all interpretations.  They were all opinions.  The closest that anyone's going to get to a real image is the shroud... which is kind of indeterminate evidence of beardity if you ask me.
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#18
Stevus: I'm not sure what your point is, but all the apparitions of Christ as an adult had Him with long hair and a beard.

http://thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/image.php

Saint Faustina was concerned during the paintings of the image as it did not match exactly what she was shown. Jesus told her they did not have to be exact. They all have long hair and a man's beard.

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#19
Umm, Stevus? You keep showing depcitions from ROMAN catacombs. Because the artists were ROMAN they depicted Christ in a familiar and ROMAN fashion.

Again: Why do you take these depcitions which are obviously affected by the times in which they were done over the countless depcitions of Him beared with long hair including one that the Church has revered to be miraculous?
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#20
WhollyRoaminCatholic Wrote:The closest that anyone's going to get to a real image is the shroud... which is kind of indeterminate evidence of beardity if you ask me.

Actually, Church approved apparitions are the closest :) All images from Church approved apparitions of Christ as an adult have him portrayed as a man with long hair (at least to shoulders, as it is only the front that is seen) and a beard.
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