Description of the Person of Jesus

The following was taken from a manuscript in the possession of Lord Kelly - and in his library - and was from an original letter of Publius Lentullus1 at Rome. It being the custom of Roman governors to advise the Senate and people of such material things as happened in their province in the days of Liberius Caesar. Publius Lentullus, president of Judea, wrote the following epistle to the Senate concerning our Saviour;

"There appeared in these days a man of great virtue, named Jusus Christ, who is yet living among us, and of the Gentiles is accepted for a prophet of truth, but his own disciples call him the Son of God. He raiseth the dead and cures all manner of diseases. A man of stature somewhat tall and comely, with very reverend countenance such as the beholders may love and fear. His hair, the color of chestnuts full ripe, plain to the ears whence downward it is more orient, and curling and wavering about his shoulders. In the midst of his head is a seam or partition after the manner of the Nazerites. His forehead, plain and very delicate. His face without a spot or wrinkle — beautiful with a lovely red. His nose and mouth so formed as nothing can be reprehended. His beard thickish — in color like his hair — not very long, but forked. His look innocent and mature. His eyes grey — clear and quick. In reproving he is terrible — in admonishing courteous. Plain spoken — pleasant in conversation — modest in gravity. It can not be remembered that any have seen him laugh, but many have seen him weep. In proportion of body most excellent. His hands and arms most delicate to behold. In speaking, very temperate, modest and wise. A man for his singular beauty, surpassing the children of men."


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