The oldest known portrait of Jesus , found in Syria and dated to about 235, shows him as a beardless young man of authoritative and dignified bearing. He is depicted dressed in the style of a young philosopher, with close-cropped hair and wearing a tunic and pallium—signs of good breeding in Greco-Roman society.
There are no portraits from life because Jesus and his followers were poor, semi-literate laborers and fishermen from a rural part of a remote province.
From left: Cesare Borgia , Lucrezia Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, and a young man holding an empty glass. This very strange idea that one of the modern images of Jesus is based on Cesare originally comes from a claim made by the renowned novelist Alexandre Dumas and picked up and expanded upon by biblical theorists.
Cross , the principal symbol of the Christian religion, recalling the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the redeeming benefits of his Passion and death. The cross is thus a sign both of Christ himself and of the faith of Christians.
Jesus ‘ name in Hebrew was “Yeshua” which translates to English as Joshua.
The tomb is located in one of the world’s holiest sites for Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City.
In Judaism, the reverence to the icon of Christ in the form of cross has been seen as idolatry .
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers
The earliest Christians maintained that Jesus was a human being who was made God – a god – a divine being. Later they ended up saying that Jesus was born to the union of God and a mortal because the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and that’s how she conceived Jesus , so Jesus literally had God as his father.
It initially enabled Christians to identify themselves to each other in secret, because they did not want to be overheard by their persecutors when they were worshiping Christ . The fish symbol enabled them to recognize each other without the need for verbal communication.
In Christian numerology, the number 888 represents Jesus , or sometimes more specifically Christ the Redeemer.
The Alpha and Omega . In Revelation, Jesus called Himself the Alpha and the Omega , meaning He existed before anything else and will exist after all else ceases. The Anchor. The anchor is a Christian symbol for hope and steadfastness. The Angel. The Butterfly. The Celtic Cross . The Circle . The Descending Dove . The Fleuree Cross.