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The Superscription on the Cross “Evidence of contradiction?”

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Those of us who study scripture seriously find the idea of supposed ‘contradictions’ annoying, if not boring! One of these supposed contradictions is about the superscription pinned to the cross, containing the charge against Jesus.

The accusation is that different writers say different things. Therefore, they contradict each other. Is this true? No, it is definitely not! We need only look at the texts to see that the accusation is mischievous and untrue. The various texts speak for themselves...

Matthew 27:37

“And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Mark 15:26

“And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Luke 23:38

“And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. “

John 19:19

“And Pilate wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

John 19:20

“This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, [and] Greek, [and] Latin.”

Is the truth obvious yet?

Scripture is said to contradict itself, because Luke and John give a ‘different order’ in which the wooden accusation is written. They claim Luke puts it – ‘Greek, Latin and Hebrew’, while John puts it – ‘Hebrew, Greek and Latin’.

BUT, neither gives the order of the languages. They merely tell us that the accusation on the board was written in three languages! I do not think I need to labour this fact, because there is no contradiction.

© May 2011

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