jesus-is-middle-eastern

"…I’m still impressed by the story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, which was about seeing past ethnic or tribal categories. I wish Christians and other religions would learn that. We all just are who we are walking down the road. We want to be seen as no more and no less than that…"

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Iraqi-Assyrian Christians attend Mass inside the Our Lady of Salvation/Deliverance Syriac Catholic Church - Baghdad, Iraq

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Great Art, I absolutely Love it!!!

Plenty of films have taken a stab at bringing Bible stories to life, from “The Ten Commandments” and “Jesus Christ: Superstar” to this year’s “Son of God” and “Noah.” But despite those movies’ different genres and tones, these films all tend to share one similarity: They have white casts, even though the Bible’s characters would have been from parts of Africa or the Middle East. Photographer James C. Lewis of Noire3000 | N3K Photo Studios has decided to rectify by presenting these iconic figures in a new light.

Lewis’ “Icons Of The Bible” photo series depicts some of the most famous characters from the Old and New Testament exclusively as people of color, including Simon Peter, Elijah, King Solomon and the archangel Gabriel. The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

"I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes," Lewis told The Huffington Post. "The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view."

While Lewis’ series doesn’t aim for perfect accuracy when representing all of the biblical figures’ supposed nationalities, it will hopefully spark discussion on the nature of religious imagery as well as the inclusion of people of color in the modeling world. Said Lewis, “I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone.”

Interior of the Cathedral of Saint James - Jerusalem, Palestine

This Armenian Apostolic church which is located in the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem dates back to the 12th century 

It’s the principal church of the Armenian Patriarch of Jersualem

  • Mom:Did you see the controversy about the director who cast Jesus as a middle eastern man?
  • Me:Jesus as in...Jesus the middle eastern? The Jesus who was born in the middle east and is middle eastern?
  • Mom:Yup, that's the one. They're also mad that he's not Jewish.

D.I.Y Sociological Research #31:

 - Stop someone you have some level of relation to, someone that firmly believes in god as christianity demands. 

 - Present historical and scientifical proof that Jesus couldn’t be anything but a middle-eastern black (or, at least, non-white) person. No long straight hair, no blue eyes.

- Watch them coil on denial and/or their world being blown out.

Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral - Aswan, Egypt

Christian logic - “homosexuals in biblical times were bad people, and so homosexuals in modern times are bad people”


Christian logic taken to it’s conclusion and shown for how truly illogical it is -

“Jesus was a middle eastern, and he was great. Osama Bin Laden was middle eastern so he was also great!”


Sorry Christians but your worldview is absolutely absurd. Fucking drop it and catch up to a world that makes some amount of sense.

Zahle - Lebanon

The fourth largest city in Lebanon. Zahle is the most predominately Christian city in both Lebanon & the entire middle east as around 90% of its residents are Christian

The city is known as “the city of wine & poetry”

When I was in the 5th and 6th grade I went to this Catholic school in the UK. And every year the younger students would perform in a nativity play for Christmas while the older students re-enact re crucifixion of Jesus for Easter. My teacher told me that I was going to play Jesus and I was so confused at the time. I honestly thought to myself why would they choose the brown, middle eastern Muslim girl to play Jesus. Isn’t Jesus white?? But now when I think about it they were just being historically accurate. Well done to my old primary school for acknowledging the fact that Jesus wasn’t white.

The more than ten million Arabic speaking Christians of the Middle East can trace their origins to the day of Pentecost, where some of those present were from Arabia and heard the preaching of Peter in Arabic. Two Bishops from Bahrain attended the council of Nicaea. Arabic-speaking Christian theologians and exegetes from roughly A.D. 900 to 1400 produced five centuries of the highest quality Christian scholarship, quality that is also found in the present.
—  Kenneth E Bailey
(~Jesus through Middle Eastern eyes, SPCK 2008)