Sometimes if you ask a stupid question you'll get a fairly interesting answer so I'll give this one a try. What artist or person of importance decided that Jesus had a beard? As far as I know there aren't any passages in the gospel that refer to his beard but almost every depiction of Jesus is him with a beard of some sort. Was it just assumed that he had a beard because everyone at the time had beards or what? I remember when I was a kid somehow we were in a black Church and Jesus was black. I thought that was pretty funny because I had always had the one image of him. I guess truth is none of us know what Jesus looked like but it might help us to visualize what he might have looked like.