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A new look at Jesus

What might you get when you blend classic forensic science and modern computer technology? A new image of Jesus perhaps.

A TV documentary — Jesus: The Complete Story — produced by BBC and Discovery Channel, presented a new face of Jesus. Premiered on Easter, slated for rebroadcast and available on video (800-475-6636; www.discoverystore.com), the film depicts Jesus square-faced with short, curly dark hair and a trim dark beard.

It's what Jesus could have looked like. Richard Neave of Britain's University of Manchester developed the face.

The medical artist took a first century Jewish skull and useing sculpting clay constructed the face that might have gone with it.

A computer enhanced the image with coloring derived from historical knowledge of the people native to the desert area in which Jesus lived.


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