Thought for the day :"I saw ten Easter Bunnies walking backwards - I think it was a receding hareline"
A group of medical experts have got together to recreate what they actually think he looked like by studying Semite skulls.
Retired medical artist Richard Neave came up with this illustration
showing curly black hair, a tanned complexion, and a wide face.
It is believed to bear more of a resemblance to what Middle Eastern Jews looked like in what is now northern Israel.
Popular Mechanics said that Dr Neave used forensic anthropology as
well as information he gathered from the Bible to get a more accurate
"JESUS of Nazareth passed away on Nisan 14th in Jerusalem.
He is preceded in death by Joseph bar Jacob, who raised him as his
own son. He is survived by his mother, Mary; brothers James, Joses and
Judas, and his sisters.
Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem of Judea. His family fled to Egypt when he was two, seeking political asylum.
They returned to Nazareth in Galilee after the death of Herod the
Great. Jesus was apprenticed as a carpenter to Joseph, and worked in the
family business until he turned 30.
He was baptized in the Jordan River by the prophet John bar
Zechariah, his cousin. He spent the next 3 years living as an itinerant
rabbi, with a small school of 12 disciples. He received the patronage of
Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, Susanna and many others.
He devoted his life to serving the least, the last and the lost,
wherever he found them. He proclaimed that the kingdom of God has drawn
near, and bore witness to it through liberating people from the demonic,
from disease and from the slow death of social exclusion. Despite our
repeated warnings, his teaching, his work and especially those whom he
chose to call friend inevitably drew the attention of the authorities.
The family wishes to make it clear that his arrest and immediate
trial took place without due process. The charges of blasphemy and of
being a threat to national security were not corroborated by a single
witness. He was humiliated and brutalized in custody before his
execution by the State.
He died as he lived: extending forgiveness to those responsible for his death.
He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends – the “sinners” – and by the poor.
The family wish to extend their gratitude to Joseph of Arimathea for covering the funeral expenses."
And since the clocks have gone back yesterday ....
and so we get the final picture of the day which has nothing to do with Easter at all..