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Dec. 24, 2004: What did Jesus Christ of Nazareth look like as a boy?

While no one knows for certain, forensic experts used computer images from the Shroud of Turin along with historical data and other ancient images to make an educated guess.

In a documentary called “Jesus’ Childhood” that aired on the Italian TV station Retequattro of the Mediaset Group, police artists used the same “aging” technology employed when searching for missing persons and criminals.

“In this case the experts went backward. Now we have a hypothesis on how the man of the shroud might have looked at the age of 12,” Mediaset said. “While some features, such as the color of the eyes and the hair’s length, cut and color, are arbitrary, others come directly from the face impressed on the shroud.”

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