‘TITULUS CRUCIS’..Evidence that the Actual Sign Posted Above The Lord on The Cross

Posted by Chris Parker
May 04 2006


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

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.

Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

Pilate answered, What I have written I have written….John 19 KJV

In 1 Corinthians 14:22, the Apostle Paul makes the point that speaking in tongues (languages) in the early church was for the purpose of “impressing” Non-Believers rather than Believers. This was because a non-believer hearing the Gospel preached in his native tongue would view it as miraculous, while believers already had obeyed the Gospel.

We say that to say that while it would be exciting or interesting if this object turns out to in fact be the actual inscription written above the Lord’s head–it should not strengthen a Christian’s faith–nor should his/her faith be impacted if it turns out to be a fake. “Blessed is he who believes without seeing”–the Lord to Thomas.

We know that a certain segment of the “Christian Community” practically worships these things-real or not-and that shouldn’t be because that is idolatry. Perhaps though, if it is proven to be from the first century, some Non-Believer would be persuaded to look into Jesus Christ and believe–and that would be a good thing…..s8int.com

It was customary for the Romans to attach a small sign on the crosses of criminals who had been sentenced to crucifixion, stating the victim’s crime.It was customary for the Romans to attach a small sign on the crosses of criminals who had been sentenced to crucifixion, stating the victim’s crime.

The sign was carried at the front of the procession and later hung around the neck of the victim or nailed to the cross above his head.

According to the Bible, Pilate had the inscription: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek on the headboard of Jesus’ cross (the Four Evangelists do not agree on the exact words).

  A part of this sign, known as the “Title” or “Titulus Crucis”, is allegedly kept as a precious relic at the church of “Santa Croce in Gerusalemme” (Holy Cross in Jerusalem) in Rome, Italy.

The board is made of walnut wood, 25×14 cm in size, 2.6 cm thick and has a weight of 687 g. It is inscribed on one side with three lines, of which the first one is mostly destroyed.

The second line is written in Greek letters and reversed script, the third in Latin letters, also with reversed script.

Two experts, Prof. Thiede and Prof. Roll, consider this a major indication of the authenticity of the titulus.

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