A Description of JesusLetter to Caesar Describing Jesus
Publio Letulio, Governor of Judea
(prior to Pilate)
"I have understood, Caesar, that you desire to know what I am starting to tell you, there is a man here, in which lives great virtue, called Jesus Christ, which the people recognize as a prophet, and his disciples honor Him a divine being, and they acknowledge that He is the Son of God, creator of the sky and of the earth and of all the things that are therein. In fact Caesar, each day we hear marvelous things concerning this Christ: He resurrects the dead, and heals the ill with only a word. He is a man of correct stature, and very beautiful of appearance. He has majesty in His face, and those that contemplate it are forced to love and fear Him. He has the hair of the hazelnut well ripe, which extends until the ears, and from the ears to the shoulders it is of the color of the earth, but more splendid. His hair is parted down the middle according to the custom of the Nazarene front the hair, and a face without wrinkles or stains, accompanied by a modest [color]. The nostrils and the lips are impossible to describe: the beard is thick, and is similar to the color of the hair, not very long, but apportioned. His countenance is very dreadful and serious, and he has eyes like the rays of the sun and nobody could look at them, and nobody can stare at Him, because of His shining presence, and when he admonishes the people, He weeps. He is loving and he is happy with a tone of seriousness, they say that nobody has ever seen Him laugh, but cry. He has very beautiful hands and arms, many are content in conversation with Him, but he is seen rarely, and when they locate Him, He is very modest in appearance and in presence.He is the most handsome man that anyone could imagine, with similarities of the mother, who is the most beautiful young woman that anyone has ever seen in this Country. But if your majesty, Caesar, desire to see Him, as you have noted in past letters to me, let me know, and I will send Him immediately. This man of whom I speak astounds Jerusalem with His wisdom. He has not ever studied anything, yet he knows all the sciences, and he walks barefoot without anything covering His head, many laugh at the sight of Him, but in His presence, and in speech with him they tremble and are confuse. They have never seen nor heard of such a man like Him in all the Land. In fact, according to the Hebrews, they never heard such counsels, and great doctrines, like this Christ is teaching and many of the Jews acknowledge Him divine. They believe Him, but many others argue, saying that he is against your majesty, Caesar. It is said that He has never done anything to make any person feel sorry, but albeit all those that they know Him, that they have tried Him, they say they have received blessings and health. But when your majesty, Caesar, will be ready, when you command me it will be done. from Jerusalem on the seventh, of the eleventh moon.
To your majesty from your faithful and obedient servant Publio Letulio governor of the Jewish"