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Book of John
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19: εγραψεν δε και τιτλον ο πιλατος και εθηκεν επι του σταυρου ην δε γεγραμμενον ιησους ο ναζωραιος ο βασιλευς των ιουδαιων— edit Textus Receptus
19: And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.— edit KJV text
19: And Pilate wrote a title also: and he put it upon the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.— edit Douay text


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Allegation of Error

In each of the gospels, we find an account of the inscription written above the head of Christ when He was on the cross. We read:

And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:
THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Matthew 27:37)
And the inscription of His accusation was written above:
THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Mark 15:26)
And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:
THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Luke 23:38)
Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:
JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. (John 19:19)

If we line the inscriptions up, we get the following.

THIS IS JESUS XX XXXXXXXX, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
XXXX XX XXXXX XX XXXXXXXX, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
THIS IS XXXXX XX XXXXXXXX, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
XXXX XX JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

We discover that each of the gospel writers has recorded a part of the inscription that was placed above the head of Jesus while he hung on the cross. From the four accounts, we quickly discover that the more complete inscription placed above Jesus was--

THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Each gospel writer chose to record (for whatever purpose) a part of the inscription rather than the whole inscription. Investigation of the Greek text shows that they all agree on that part of the inscription that each records. It is true that we have four different accounts, from four different perspectives but none of the accounts disagrees with, or contradicts, any other account. The inscription placed above Jesus did contain the exact words recorded by each of the gospel writers.

-- edit commentary


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