Black Jesus – A picture essay

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This wall painting, depicting the Healing of the Paralytic, is the earliest known representation of Jesus, dating from about 235 AD. The painting was found in 1921 on the left-hand wall of the baptismal chamber of the house-church at Dura-Europos on the Euphrates River in modern Syria. It is now part of the Dura Europos collection at the Yale University Gallery of Fine Arts.


This fresco of the Good Shepherd was found on the ceiling of the Vault of Lucina in the Catacomb of Callixtus in Rome. The construction of the vault itself has been dated to the second half of the 2nd century, but the use of the red and green lines to divide the space (similar to the chambers under San Sebastiano) has suggested the first half or middle of the 3rd century for this fresco.

The image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was an especially popular motif in the early Christian centuries. It was based in several biblical passages, including the 23rd Psalm and sayings of Jesus, and is also an adaptation of a popular pagan image.


This fresco of Christ Among the Apostles is in an arcosolium of the Crypt of Ampliatus in the Catacombs of St. Domitilla in Rome. The Catacombs of Domitilla date from the 2nd through 4th centuries. According to W.F. Volbach, “The extent to which the type of the apostolic group as been developed suggests a 4th-century origin” for this particular fresco.





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8 thoughts on “Black Jesus – A picture essay”

  1. all of 4he truth that has been intentionally hidden,or by accident is still availiable with a little effort,and just questioning what is not presented to Your satisfaction.

  2. It is amazing how much information is LEFT OUT the truth will set us all free The media in general should provide ALL INFO not just pick and choose what they want you to know The history books need be rewritten to include African contributions in Europe and throughout the World

  3. There is a coin commissioned by the Emperor Justinian II during his second reign that depicts Jesus with an Afro-hairdo ; thus showing him to be black. Sincerely yours,Mike Lane.

  4. My children I the holy trinity is alive and well in america living an average life until the father awakens me again for his purpose. It is the ressurected/re-incarnated emperor HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR HAILE SELLASIE II. This is still my planet.

  5. Shalom

    The depiction of Christ in Domitilla catacomb is a very interesting one indeed.

    But, when will humanity acknowledge, that, regardless of the ethnicity of any ancient character, pigmentation should be the last thing that tweets your moral character portrayal.

    The Great Designed Architect appear in a dark cloud, and he reminded us “remember on this day, you saw no image nor likeness”
    “For I the Lord your God am a consuming fire”

    Daniel Moshe Johnson

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