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The abbreviation of the Latin inscription Iesus Nazarenus rex Iudaeorus, which was written on the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The words match the phrase “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” recorded in John 19:19–20, rather than the variations in the Synoptic Gospels.
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I.N.R.I. The initials of the Latin superscription Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” placed above Jesus on the Cross. According to John’s Gospel (John 19:19–20; see also Matt 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38), the inscription was written in Hebrew (meaning probably Aramaic),
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The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
I.N.R.I. These letters constitute the abbreviation of the supposed Latin inscription on the cross of Jesus: Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum—“Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” All four Gospels mention the inscription but vary as to the contents. The traditional Latin wording of the title seems to be