Black baby Jesus? What the …?

24 10 2011

Okay, so I can’t say that I really care what color Jesus’ skin is, but this morning’s church service set off the debate within our congregation. Why she did it, I do not know, but our pastor decided that as she began a series entitled “The Advent Conspiracy,” she would place a black, rather than white, baby doll in a manger.

So it got a few of us talking about it.

And so, while talk is interesting, I thought I would look a few things up. It appears as though no one knows for sure, and there are arguments to be made for all of the opinions. But one things seems to stick out to me.

I grew up in Atlanta; I had many Jewish friends. I have seen many pictures of Jews in Israel (Here’s the goole image search for “Jews Jerusalem”).

All of my friends and every other Jew that I have ever known or seen, including the ones in the above google image search, are caucasian.

Here is a link to the wikipedia page on human skin color. While it doesn’t say exactly how long it takes for a race’s skin to change color, one can conclude from the section on evolution that it’s certainly more than 2,000 years.

What does that mean?

Well, there’s a good chance that the way today’s Jews’ skin color appears is pretty close to the way it appeared 2,000 years ago.

This in turn would lead one to conclude that the black baby doll in the manger this morning, wasn’t accurate.

What do you think?

Do you even care?




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