This has always fascinated me – I’m familiar with medieval artistic traditions portraying Jesus of Nazareth as a tall, slender figure with flowing hair, light colored eyes, and a decidedly European appearance. But the Gospel of Matthew says, when the Romans arrested Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas had to show the soldiers which one was Jesus because they couldn’t tell him apart from his disciples. So Jesus was a man who looked like other men of his time and place. What did he really look like? Popular Mechanics produced an answer in 2002 (reposted in 2015) using forensic anthropology, and it’s still my favorite. Happy Xmas.