Jesus Through the Eyes of Others

Hello, Class of 2009!

Well, I know some of y’all have looked– but nobody has said anything or asked anything. It is terribly lonely in here. you may have noticed that I have been playing with the design of the blog. If you see anything you really hate, let me know.

Advent is right around the corner. Since we are celebrating the arrival of the Lord, I thought I would share a very small selection of my favorite representations of Christ:

chinesejesus1This is a Chinese representation of Jesus and some of his apostles that I find really beautiful.

ca. 350 A.D. From a church in Rome.

ca. 350 A.D. From a church in Rome.

Many of the early depictions of Jesus portray him with much darker skin than we are used to seeing in modern times.
 

From a Baptist Church in Philadelphia

From a Baptist Church in Philadelphia

This is a modern African American Jesus.

ethiopian_jesus_2
This Ethiopian Jesus is from the 17th or 18th century.

chinese-jesus-supper-3
Finally, another Chinese Jesus. I don’t know the date or the artist but I suspect that this is a modern representation.

It is too easy for us to think of Jesus as a European, usually with blue eyes and light brown hair. After all, that is so very common and familiar to us. But Advent is an excellent time to remember that Jesus is Lord of all and that he came to save us all.

Funny thing that. It reminds me, yet again, that catholic means universal.

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2 Comments on “Jesus Through the Eyes of Others”


  1. This is very well done, Colleen. I am a sucker for good historical and religious observations. I’ve often found the representation of Christ as a blonde-haired blue-eyed European kind of grating, considering his country of origin. I have to admit, I find it very refreshing to see you approaching the topic here. I am going to mention you guys in my next post, and I’ll keep checking back.

  2. Colleen Says:

    Thanks very much for your comment. I am sort of a madwoman for not forgetting that we are part of a larger world!

    We haven’t really got up to speed here yet but I hope to post more regularly and to hear from the current RCIA class for whom this blog is intended as a place to ask any and every sort of question.


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