Does the Bible specifically state that Jesus was physically fit, or could he have been obese?
- 2 weeks ago
He was perfect and we know that obesity can effect our health negatively so he could not have been obese. There's nothing in the Bible but we can use our power of reason to answer your question.
- 2 weeks ago
He fasted 40 days at the beginning of his 3-year wandering career during which he had no job, business, or home, and used to eat corn out of the fields, and figs off roadside trees.
So I think we can safely assume he was not obese.
Not likely to have been obese, given that He was raised in a poor family that barely had enough to eat, and probably ate even less once He began His public ministry.
He walked everywhere he went. Seems to me that would require physical fitness.
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Jesus was of nondescript stature and appearance...... basically normal for that area at that time..... so not likely obese....... he was certainly fit enough to walk the many miles a day he had to during his ministry to The Nation of Isreal.....
- BJLv 72 weeks ago
For the better part of 30 years, he was a carpenter.
That does not seem to be an occupation for one of slight or weak build, especially in that era, when there were no modern laborsaving machines.
Also, Jesus drove the cattle, the sheep, and the money changers out of the temple and overturned the tables of the money changers. John 2:14, 15 This too suggests a manly, physically vigorous person.
During the last three and a half years of his life on earth, Jesus walked hundreds of miles on his preaching tours. Yet, the disciples never suggested that he rest up a bit.
- MichzeLv 52 weeks ago
There was a Galilean Carpenter that was so famous, Philo, Seneca and Epictetus failed to describe him.
- AaronLv 72 weeks ago
I think they would have been all stick thin in those days. Times would have been difficult. Men would have had to hunt for what they could find. Women would have cooked it. They mainly had to survive with what they grew on the land.
It's assumed that Yah'shua (he was never called Jesus in his lifetime) was fit because like Yusef (Joseph) he was not only a carpenter but also a general laborer.
- harveyhLv 42 weeks ago
There were not a lot of obese people back then, but anyway the Bible says nothing about him being obese. Most ancient writing does not go into much detail about how others looked, it was not a major concern. If some person had a unusual feature like he was missing and eye or leg or was very short that might get a brief mention is some of the Roman writers.