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So this is what Jesus looks like?

He’ll deny it, but I’m convinced our arts & entertainment writer, Steven Uhles, is well on his way to becoming a doll collector. He’s currently got an Iron Man action figure, a George W. Bush doll and a weird statue of Mike Myers done up as The Love Guru on his desk. 

Most recently he’s added Jesus to the collection. (Apparently a friend bought it on clearance at T.J. Maxx over Christmas.) It looks sort of like a G.I. Joe, except robed in white with sandals on his feet. Unlike some dolls which aim to satirize the person of Jesus, this one actually tells Bible stories. It seems like a sincere attempt to create a Christian child’s toy. 

So why doesn’t it look like Jesus might? The doll, like most depictions of Jesus, has fair skin, straight brown hair and a close-shaven beard.

It’s true that the Bible never gives a physical description of Jesus, but can’t we at least conclude that Jesus would have looked like a Jewish man of his time?  

A local pastor, John Kenney of The Quest in Martinez, has questioned Westernized interpretations of Jesus in his current series, American Jesus. Read more on his blog. 

So, what do you think Jesus looked like?

Does it matter? 

(By the way, you can find Jesus figurines plus other toys like an Archangel Michael action figure at Family Christian Stores.)

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Kelly Jasper
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Kelly Jasper 01/13/09 - 01:22 pm
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Also, many thanks to

Also, many thanks to photographer Annette Drowlette, who didn’t even hesitate when asked if she had time for a portrait session in the studio with the Jesus doll.

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Channing 100Proof 01/13/09 - 01:34 pm
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The new Jesus doll, now with

The new Jesus doll, now with Kung Fu grip :)

Email: channing100proof@gmail.com

Steven Uhles
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Steven Uhles 01/13/09 - 03:28 pm
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I don't think of them as

I don't think of them as dolls. I think of them as iconic cultural statuary in the molded vinyl medium.

Julia Sellers
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Julia Sellers 01/13/09 - 06:32 pm
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One of my friends has a

One of my friends has a Virgin Mary action figure. She's pale too.

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 01/13/09 - 08:20 pm
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I have a Dilbert action

I have a Dilbert action figure / plush toy that an uncle got me. It was an awful gift and I'm still angry about it. So I don't think that counts...

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 01/13/09 - 08:25 pm
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Your friend or the action

Your friend or the action figure?

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barddta 01/13/09 - 09:03 pm
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As a youth pastor, I enjoy

As a youth pastor, I enjoy this question when I hear it from my youth group. I enjoy being able to provide them with a vague and unsatisfying answer. It piques their interest and keeps them searching.

ecline
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ecline 01/14/09 - 04:28 pm
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Keep telling yourself that

Keep telling yourself that Steven. :P

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