What St. Paul (and others) looked like?

A Spanish site linked to my post of long ago on the forensic research that reconstructed what St. Nicholas looked like.  The site includes renditions (unfortunately without links to the original sources) of nine other historical figures who received the same treatment, including Copernicus, Dante, Bach, and Richard III.

Especially striking was the reconstruction of the appearance of King Tutankhaten, the young Pharaoh whose looks reflect the messed-up genetics of sister marriage, as often practiced in the ancient Egyptian royal line, including Tut’s parents.  But there is also a reconstruction of one of his father’s other wives, Queen Nefertiti, who is revealed to have been a stunning beauty.

But the most interesting reconstruction is that of the Apostle Paul, based on bones recovered at a site where he was said to have been buried as tallied with portrayals in early iconography. See St. Paul after the jump. [Read more...]

Confessing the faith

Last Sunday was the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul, two different and yet unified confessors of the Christian faith.  Also on that day, one of my former students joined our church by adult confirmation, a rite that includes the vow to suffer all, even death, rather than renounce the teachings of the evangelical Lutheran church.  I loved how our pastor not only explored what it means to “confess” the faith, but also how he tied Teresa’s confession to that of Peter and Paul. [Read more...]

Earliest portrait of St. Paul

Archaeologists using lasers to clear away centuries of mineral accretions have uncovered in a 4th century Roman catacomb the earliest paintings of Sts. Peter, Paul, Andrew, and John.   Here is the Apostle Paul:

Earliest portrait of St. Paul

Pictured: The ‘sensational’ 1,600-year-old icon of St Paul found in a Roman tomb | Mail Online.