Originally posted by VoidSpirit
about 5'4", brown-tone skin, black or dark brown eyes, short and curly black hair and covered in dirt.
I am wondering if there were any blue-eyed, blondish Germanic guys in the Judean legions in those days. Not that the virgin Mary was impregnated by one; I would never say that. But If those guys were also in the image of their Maker, they could have been a template option, and it would make Jesus stand out in a crowd, even to suffer ostracism and disappear from the scene for a while.
"Tiles found in Caesarea Maritima, built in the second decade BC, suggest that the legion [Legio X Fretensis] was at that time based in Iudaea. Later X Fretensis moved to Syria. In 6 it was stationed in that province together with legions III Gallica, VI Ferrata, and XII Fulminata. In the same year, Publius Sulpicius Quirinus, governor of Syria, led these legions in the suppression of the revolt that sprung out after the deposition of Herod Archelaus."
So they moved around.
"In general Germanic peoples on the borders are known to have served in the Roman army since the days of Julius Caesar."