Having fun with this blog, but it sure seems like every movie of Jesus portrays Him with a British accent, doesn’t it?
Did Jesus speak English? No! He spoke Aramaic. The New Testament is written in the original language of Greek and not English.
So why the British accent? I think it has to do with the King James Version of the Bible. Most people think this version is the ONLY translation that is perfect, but true biblical scholars know that this translation is one of but many good translations of the Bible.
This question was asked to me by someone who really understands that the Jesus depicted in movies is NOT anything like the real Jesus who walked the earth! Imagine if someone who never met or saw you painted a picture of you and said that it was you! Would it really be a fair representation of you?
I think we need to shy away from movie characterizations. If God had wanted us to know what Jesus looked like, He would have sent Jesus in this information age we live in now!
His Word is sufficient for me! (II Tim. 3:16-17)
II Peter 1:19-21 states it this way: “And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (The Holy Bible: English standard version. 2001 (2 Pe 1:19-21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)
-Mark (I don’t even like to see movies with the character of Jesus portrayed because Jesus was NOT white, nor did He speak English, and the 2nd Commandment forbids graven images – Exodus 20:4-6)