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If you were to be asked to conjure up a mental image of Jesus, you’d probably picture a man with long hair, a beard and white robes. After all, famous works of art have long depicted the Christian figure in the very same way. Yet Joan Taylor, a professor at King’s College London, believes that these images are actually all completely wrong. And the expert even claims that she has compelling evidence to back up her interpretation of the religious leader.

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Interestingly, you see, our modern visions of Jesus stem from artwork that was created as far back as the fourth century. The artists at that time actually had centuries of godly artwork from which to draw their inspiration for a more modern religious figure. So it seems that they painted and drew Jesus with the same flowing locks and long beard as the ancient deities had.

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