Was Jesus’ Beard Plucked Out During the Crucifixion?


Here is an article I wrote for GotQuestions.org recently:

Was Jesus’ beard plucked out during the crucifixion?

We know that Jesus most likely had a beard because of many reasons. The Scriptures tell us that He didn’t look different from an ordinary Jewish man of His time (Luke 2.52, Isaiah 53.2, Mt. 26.48-50). We also know that Jesus carefully followed and fulfilled Mosaic Law (Gal. 4.4, Mt. 5.17), which prohibited the cutting of sideburns and the edges of the beard (Lev. 19.27, 21.5). We also know that there was extensive mocking, beating, & blaspheming done to Jesus, so much that the New Testament Scriptures do not list them all specifically but generally categorize them (Lk 22.63-65).

The one text that does seem to tell us that Jesus’ beard was, indeed pulled out (at least part) is one in the Old Testament that prophesied about Jesus as God’s suffering Servant:

Isaiah 50:6
I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.

We know that Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies from the Old Testament regarding the Messiah (1 Cor. 15.3-4), Isaiah specifically mentions that this would be one of the ways that Jesus would suffer. We also know that much mocking & torture had taken place that was not described in great detail by the gospel writers. In fact, Isaiah even tells us that they beat our Lord so badly that He was so bloodied & battered that He barely even looked human (Is. 52.14).

Truly the Lord received a terrible beating at the hands of sinful men (Lk 24.7) and saved us through the torment of crucifixion. See the love of God that would endure our sinful death sentence upon Him to pay our debt for us. We did our absolute worst to God, and He used it to save us. What wondrous love is this! Christ gave His life willingly so we could be saved.