Ancient discovery may reveal what Jesus really looked like

By: Josh King, Buzz60

It turns out the most accurate depiction of Jesus Christ may be on a bronze coin from the 1st century AD.

The image on the coin was believed to be of Manu, the King of Edessa, which is today southeastern Turkey. But in a potentially mind blowing twist, historian Ralph Ellis says that Manu and Jesus were the same person.

Ellis wrote about his theory in his book Jesus, King of Edessa and said, "the coin is the icing on the cake, and at last helps build up a strong case for the true identity and genealogy of the biblical Jesus."

The crown of thorns depicted on the coin adds further fuel to Ellis's theory that Manu and Jesus were one in the same. His idea, although controversial, is that Jesus was "a warrior king who challenged the might of the Roman Empire in AD68 and paid the price."

And while it's not as classy as a Van Gogh, this little coin may be the best historical evidence of Jesus ever found.

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GERMANY 1899: Copy of typical catholic image of heart of Jesus Christ from Slovakia printed on 19. April 1899 in Germany. (Photo via Getty)
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Stained Glass Depicting Jesus Christ (Photo via Getty)
ITALY - FEBRUARY 02: Christ and Doubting Thomas, by Paolo Cavazzola (1486-1522). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Verona, Castelvecchio (Art Museum). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2010: Unknown Lombard artist (17th century), Christ Crowned with Thorns, 1600-1650, oil on canvas glued to board, 40x32 cm. (Inv. 896). Copyright Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. (Photo By DEA / P. MANUSARDI / VENERANDA BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA/De Agostini/Getty Images)
FRANCE - FEBRUARY 01: Christ the judge, detail from the Last Judgement, 1585, by Jean Cousin the Younger (ca 1522-1594), oil on canvas, 142x145 cm. From the Ursuline Convent in Vincennes, France. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Paris, Musée Du Louvre. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
ITALY - DECEMBER 13: Risen Christ between Saints Peter and Paul, 16th century, artist from the Lombard school, oil on canvas, 138x120 cm. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Pavia, Musei Civici Del Castello Visconteo, Pinacoteca Malaspina (Art Gallery). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2010: Workshop of Guido Reni (1575-1642), Christ Crucified, 1640-1645, oil on canvas, 286x186 cm. (Inv. 1184). Copyright Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. (Photo By DEA / VENERANDA BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA/De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 24: Christ tempted by Satan, by Mattia Preti (1613-1699), oil on canvas, 105x133 cm. Rome, Galleria Spada (Art Gallery) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
ROMANIA - DECEMBER 09: Christ on the Cross, detail from the altarpiece of Prejmer Fortified Church (13th century), Romania. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
MEXICO - JULY 11: The savior of the world. Mexico,18th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Querétaro, Museo De Arte De Querétaro (Art Museum). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 2002: The Virgin and Christ, detail from The Pieta, 1474, by Jean Fouquet (ca 1415 - ca 1481), tempera on wood, 146x237 cm. St Martin's Church, Nouans-les-Fontaines, France. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); . (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
PERU - CIRCA 2003: Christ on the cross, the Virgin and St John, 18th century painting on wood, School of Cuzco, Peru. Cuzco, Museo Del Convento De Santa Catalina (Art Museum) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GERMANY - CIRCA 2002: The lamentation of Christ, 1480-1490, Master of the Housebook (active ca 1470-1500), oil on panel, 131x171 cm. Detail. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Dresda, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Gallery, Picture Gallery). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
ITALY - CIRCA 2002: Parma, Galleria Nazionale (Art Gallery), Palazzo Della Pilotta Lamentation over the Dead Christ, ca 1524, by Antonio Allegri, known as Correggio (1489-ca 1534), oil on canvas, 157x182 cm. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - APRIL 07: The face of Christ or the suffering Christ, 1515-1525, painting by Joan Gasco (active at the beginning of 16th century) from Vic Cathedral. Catalan Gothic art. Vic, Museu Episcopal (Art Museum) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
People followers of the Greek Orthodox Church kiss the feet of an image of Jesus crucified during the ceremony marking the Apokathelosis, the removal of Christ's dead body from the Cross, which forms a key part of Orthodox Easter, in a ceremony at the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in Penteli, north Athens on May 3 , 2013. Millions of Greeks flock to churches around the country this week to celebrate Easter, the country's foremost religious celebration. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The statue of Jesus, measuring 9.5 meters and tall 7.5 meters wide, and weighting 23 tons, overlooks the valley of Slovakia's Upper Orava region near the Slovak-Polish border in the village of Klin on November 25, 2010. The statue, strongly reminiscent of Rio De Janeiro's Jesus statue, was built on Gura hill in 2008 by local carpenter Peter Ganobjak and initiated by businesman Jozef Sroka. In 2009 smaller statue of late Pope John Paul II was built and placed on the same site. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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