Where do we get the answer to the age-old question of How tall was Jesus? No one knows for sure, but new evidence has emerged in recent years that suggests he may have been taller than previously believed. While it’s still early to tell, this could be revolutionary information if the data hold up in the long term.
A new investigation into the ‘fragments of femur’
A new investigation into the fragments of femur discovered in a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb suggests that Jesus may have been taller than we originally thought. Dr. Ralph L. Ellis, professor emeritus of Middle East History at the University of Illinois, published a peer-reviewed study on the findings and concluded that Jesus was both taller and thinner than most people realize. A number of experts were consulted to examine the bone fragments found in the excavated burial site: an orthopedic surgeon; two biomedical archaeologists; and a forensic anthropologist from North Carolina State University. After measuring the length and thickness of the bones, as well as studying their likely historical context, they estimated that Jesus would have been between 5′ 11 and 6′ 1.
Biblical verses mentioned in passing could be clues
Gospel of John, Chapter 2, Verse 18: For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he not only was breaking the Sabbath but also was calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.
The verse implies that Jesus believes he is equal to God. And if so, he would be taller than we thought. In fact, some ancient texts suggest that he could have been over a foot taller than most people at 6’6 (1.98m) tall.
The people of ancient times were often much taller than we are today
It’s no secret that the average height has shrunk quite a bit in the past century. But it turns out that ancient humans were much taller than we thought, and they may have reached heights of up to six feet!
Six-foot-tall people are like giants nowadays, but back in the day, they were simply considered tall. In fact, it wasn’t until around 1750 that Europeans began to shrink and our current height of 5’9 was finally reached.
Theories abound as to why humans became shorter. One popular belief is that early diets changed because of what food was available and how we processed them (e.g., eating less meat), which led to shorter statures.
Where are they now?
Ever since the bible was written, people have been wondering how tall Jesus was. Well, a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University set out to answer this question and found that he may have been taller than we thought.
The researchers looked at 28 ancient skeletons in Israel, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey and discovered that most were about as tall as modern Europeans. The average height for an adult male in the Roman Empire was about 5 feet 6 inches or 168 centimeters (5 feet 3 inches or 162 centimeters for females). This means that if we compare the skeletons from 2,000 years ago to our present-day standards, they would probably be considered unusually tall.
So when do we know if this claim is true or false?
To figure out the height of a human, you can use something called stature estimation. The technique for determining a person’s height consists of three steps: measuring the person’s arm span and foot length, measuring the distance from their wrist to their elbow, and then using those measurements to estimate their height. Arm span is measured from fingertip to fingertip with your arms fully extended; foot length is measured from the sole of your shoe to the back edge, excluding any buckles or straps; and measurement from wrist to elbow is made with your arm hanging by your side.