Was Jesus Hispanic or Asian or Aryan? Was he married? Did he have shoulder-length sandy blond hair, like Bon Jovi, or did it cascade down his back in funky dreadlocks, like the early Lenny Kravitz?
Nobody knows for sure, but historians, artists and religious provocateurs have suggested all of the above, and more. At least one painter depicted the Christian savior as a woman.
But you don’t have to travel to the Guggenheim or the Louvre to see a peculiar artistic rendering of Jesus.
Take a drive out to Corinth Presbyterian Church in Parker or First Baptist Church Hebron in Carrollton or First Christian Church in Allen.
There, in stained glass, Jesus has six toes.
“The legend is that the artist who made the windows had a six-toed brother,” said Tom Keener, an amateur historian and the Allen Public Library’s development coordinator. “And to honor his brother, who many people considered deformed, he painted six toes on Jesus.”
The only Biblical figure with six toes was in Gath where a giant with six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot who after taunting Israel was slew by David’s brother.
In Hannibal, by Thomas Harris, Hannibal Lecter has six fingers on his left hand.
Just a few days ago someone was telling me he’d seen a church in which a fresco depicted the Blessed Virgin with six toes.
Anne Boleyn had six fingers.
Randy Glenn and Ricky Lenn Jennings (my father and uncle, respectively) were each born with 6 fingers per hand.
Docs theorized that they would have been Siamese, joined at the hands, that the fingers were formed by seperating at the last possible moment.
I would be glad to give you a tour.