Bible Question:

I have been wondering if there are any biblical references to Jesus' skin color. I have been taught that Jesus had skin the color of a penny and hair of wool. Is there any proof in the Bible?

Bible Answer:

The Bible does not give us a description, a hint, or any suggestion about the color of Jesus’ skin or hair. We are not told if he had long, short, braided, or curly hair. We do not know if Jesus had a beard or mustache. The Bible provides no information about Jesus’ visual appearance whatsoever, except for the following statement in Isaiah 53.

For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. Isaiah 53:2 (NASB)

Here we are told that Jesus was not very attractive. That is, he was not a handsome man. The paintings of Him are just guesses as to what He looked like.

The New Testament tells us that His mother was a Jew. Since the predominate skin color of Jews varies from olive to white, His skin color was most likely either olive or white. However, we cannot be positively certain since the Bible does not tell us. What was the color of His hair? We do not know for sure.


Revelation 4: 2-11 describes God as a blend of colors and surrounded by a rainbow. The description of God in Revelation 4 agrees with John 4:24 and 1 John 1:5 where God is described as spirit and light. In reality, God is a blend of color. God does not have a preference for one skin color over any other! God is not a respecter of skin color. Originally, He created one man and one woman. Every person is a descendant of the first parents. God is not a respecter of persons. Since we are commanded to be as holy as God (1 Peter 1:15-16), we should also not be respecters of people!

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