Did Jesus have long hair?

Almost every picture and Hollywood motion picture portrays Jesus has a long haired person.  Is this true? Many people often use the excuse that Jesus had long hair so why can't I?  If we examine the scriptures we will see what the truth really is.

First we need to examine Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: This states that we should not even attempt to make a graven image of anything in Heaven or on earth. A definition of graven image from Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: graven image; an object of worship carved usually from wood or stone : IDOL.

God does not want us to worship idols, we are to worship him in spirit,  John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Plain and simple we are not to make an image of God.

Long hair excuse #1:

In the day of Jesus it was the custom to have long hair. Jesus followed the dress and other customs of that time.

This is not true, history shows that short hair on men has been around for a long time—much longer than many realize. At the time Jesus lived, it was the accepted and general custom. For proof, all one need do is pick up any illustrated history book relating to the period. You will find pictures of busts and statues of famous Greeks and Romans of Christ’s time. In every case, the men are portrayed with short hair similar to what we "should" find today.



 King Herod

Julio-Claudian dynasty Youth

Emperor Tiberius

Some argue that those Jews who did not have a Hellenistic view may have worn their hair long. However, in the anti-Hellenistic Jewish Talmud is the instruction that every thirty days, all the priests should cut their hair. Why this instruction if they grew their hair long?

These priests were well aware of as mentioned in Ezekiel 44:20 Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.  God intended that the priests set the example for the rest of the community. (Malachi 2:7). Further examination of the Talmud reveals that the hairstyle was “Julian,” or what would be called “a Caesar cut” (Sanhedrin 22b).


Long hair excuse #2:

Christ was under the Nazarene Vow:

Let's take a look at the Nazarene Vow,

Numbers 6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: (3) He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. (4) All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk. (5) All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

Numbers 6:6 All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body. (7) He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head. (8) All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD. (18) And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

Here is a summary of the Vow:

1. You were not allowed to drink wine or liquor of grapes or any products made from grapes.

2. During the separation time, you were not allowed to cut your hair. Those, during this vow were not allowed to cut their hair, this was for a sign of humiliation before the people and God.

3. You were not allowed to come in contact with any dead body.

4. At the end of the Vow you were to shave your head to end your humiliation and shamefulness before God.

If Jesus was under the Nazarene Vow he would have broken this vow in Matthew 9:25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. This would make Jesus a liar and  a trucebreaker to touch a dead body.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem not Nazareth from Nazareth parents,  there is never any mention of Jesus taking this vow.

Jesus would not have disobeyed his own instruction. In  1Corinthians 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? In 2Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

In John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Bible is the inspired word of God. If Jesus would have had long hair he would have been a shame to his father.


** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.