You are exactly right- Christ probably wasn't (dare I say most certaintly) not white. The Bible does not actually describe what Jesus looked like- we just know that Jesus would have had the same skin color as everyone else around him.
The image of Christ on our Jesus article is not really white as much as it is more of an olive skin color. The Mediterranean skin color of the area Jesus lived has a white tint to it- but certainty is not "Caucasian".
The reason Jesus is often depicted as white is for two reasons:
1. Europeanized artwork- The catholic church commissioned a lot of artwork during the Middle Ages, which featured white Bible people. The look of Jesus being white with a brown beard flowing down his face and long hair comes from this era and has stuck
2. (Related to #1), White-majority, Western countries thinking of Jesus in their own skin color- This sometimes is unintentional (usually) and sometimes intentional. The reason why the medieval portraits are all whites is because it reflected what people wanted to see and may have showed ignorance to the region of Jesus having a different ethnic makeup.
I think naturally everybody envisions somebody to look like them or the majority of people they know. I and most other American Caucasians, probably don't naturally imagine a man named "George" to be Hindi- I would probably imagine him to be a White man. This isn't right- but its our natural tendency.
I think there is much wider awareness now that Jesus wasn't white. Sadly, there are not a lot of great images that compare to the medieval artwork we have. They contain many inaccuracies but are still some of the most beautiful portrayals of biblical scenes we have.
Diversity and appreciation of all people regardless of race, culture, ethnicity and nationality is biblical. Ironically, it seems that conservative ideology tends to get lumped with racism, prejudice and nationalism when a really a biblically faithful understanding of the world realizes that one is not better simply because of nationality or skin color. Diversity is most often championed by liberals and secular society, but I wholly agree that value is something that God holds himself (so long as it doesn't become extreme). Racism and prejudice is something we all do naturally as part of our sinful tendencies- but the beauty is that Salvation is for everyone.
Superdadsuper, Sr. Content and Community Manager (Bible Wiki) 20:53, July 30, 2019 (UTC)
People don't know what God looks like if they have not really seen him or read the Bible the picture you see and shows you watched affect many people and humans paint and create the way they picture God. most art is a sign of emotions that the artist has in their own imagination of him
the Bible dose talk about God or Jesus in a strange way some people reflect what God says pleasing him others hide the word and show what fake things they come up with though that probably did not answer your question because I'm not quiet sure I understand your probably better of with the fist perfesional answer but I though I would add on to it in my own thoughts
Jesus was not black, Jesus was not white. Jesus wasn't any race. Because Jesus is for everybody in this world, including other races.
@The Donald Duck Jesus race/ethnicity doesn't matter for us Gentiles- however, the fact that Jesus is Jewish did have many implications for his ministry. You are correct in saying that Jesus offers Salvation to all regardless of ethnic background.
I wouldn't go as far to say he "wasn't any race". Jesus was Jewish and Galilean. Part of him being 100% man (and 100% God) is that he took on the ethnic "markers" (skin color, language, accent, dress, etc) of his surrounding culture.
Some thought Jesus was there to bring a restoration of a Jewish kingdom- when in reality he offered love for all nations. Read John 4 about him interacting with a Samaritan- the reason that was scandalous was that Jesus was Jewish. Yet, he didn't follow the ways of all the other Jews who hid from Samaritans.
The Bible does not actually describe what Jesus looked like- we just know that Jesus would have had the same skin color as everyone else around him.
That's right, but Revelation 1:13-15 does say what he will/has look(ed) like. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+1&version=KJV
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+7-9 And Daniel 7:9:
9 “As I looked,
“thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.
His "race" is pretty unclear, but what I can say is that Jesus seems to have white hair. If Jesus had white hair during his ministry, it would probably have been said. After all, David was described as "ruddy" In 1 Samuel 16:12, something not too unusual.
What do you think?