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Saturday 20th December 2014
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Why is Jesus depicted as a white man when he is Palestinian?

Question

jesus.jpgWhy is Jesus Christ always visualised as a Caucasian – white skin, brown hair, blue eyes – whereas obviously he is of an Arabic hue?
Vic, Kingston

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Matthew, Upminster
Qualification: Mystery Hour God
Answer: The headquarters of the Roman Catholic church is in Vatican City, Rome. They could afford all the best artists at the time, so they were able to dictate exactly how Jesus was depicted. Also, at the time, there was a big trade in black Africans, so they did not want Jesus to look like that for commercial reasons.

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