Jesus was thoroughly Jewish. Even so, different cultures and ethnicities have often portrayed Jesus and others from the Bible as being from their group. Sometimes this is done to symbolize the fact that Jesus came for all the nations of the world.
Since Christianity for many centuries was based largely in Europe, these important characters of salvation history have often been depicted as white Europeans. Which is fine, but other cultures have also depicted them according to their own appearances.
[See also: 6 of the Oldest Images of Our Lord Jesus Christ]
Enter Korean artist Woonbo Kim Ki-chang. A Christian missionary during the Korean war suggested he paint biblical scenes with a Korean backdrop, and he painted about 30 within a year. “I was praying for the quick end of the Korean War and a unified peace, and soothed my painful mind with a paintbrush,” he later said.
Kim passed away in 2001, but his paintings were featured at a museum in Seoul in 2013.
We hope you enjoy these beautiful depictions of the life of Christ!
The Adoration of the Magi
The Flight to Egypt
The baptism of Jesus
Jesus calls his first disciples
The feeding of the 5000
Jesus walks on water
Jesus and the woman caught in adultery
Woman washes Jesus’ feet with her tears
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Jesus’ agony in the garden of Gethsemene
The Last Supper
Jesus’ trial before Pilate
Jesus is scourged at the pillar
Jesus carries his cross
Jesus’ body is taken to the tomb
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