National Geographic : 2017 Dec
30 | THE SEARCH FOR THE REAL JESUS As scholars debate the truth behind one of history’s most influ- ential and enigmatic figures, archaeologists dig in the Holy Land, helping to sift fact from fiction. By Kristin Romey Photographs by Simon Norfolk 118 | YOUNG, ALONE, AND STRANDED Displaced Afghan children dream of Europe. By Rania Abouzeid, Photographs by Muhammed Muheisen 150 | RISING ABOVE Storm victims rebound by putting their homes on a better—taller—footing. Story and Photographs by Ira Wagner 96 | AFRICA’S TECH GENERATION Homegrown innovators aim to transform the continent. By Robert Draper Photographs by Ciril Jazbec 126 | SILK ROAD The Out of Eden Walk goes where globalization began. By Paul Salopek Photographs by John Stanmeyer december 2017 • vol. 232 • no. 6 • official journal of the national geographic society FEATURES I CONTENTS 70 KINGDOM OF THE JAGUAR In Central and South Amer- ican jungles the elusive cats hold sway as apex predators—and as gods. By Chip Brown Photographs by Steve Winter FRONT 3 QUESTIONS The Audubon Society’s Geoffrey LeBaron counts birds for Christmas. VISIONS EXPLORE Traditions: fairy tale evolution, dance revivals, and holidays in space On the Cover For this “Head of Christ” that Rembrandt painted in the late 1640s, art historians think it’s likely that he worked from a live model, perhaps a young Jew from the artist’s Amsterdam neighborhood. Photo: Bridgeman Images Corrections and Clarifications Go to natgeo.com/corrections.