The Meaning of "I.N.R.I."

Jason Dulle


I have just been reading your article on the inscription over the cross. One often sees, in artistic symbolism, a reference to "I.N.R.I." Can you tell me what these finials stand for, and what language is being used?


The initials, I.N.R.I., are from the Latin phrase, "Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm," (The Latin "I" and "V" is the English "J" and "U" respectively) which means, "Jesus of Nazareth, King of Jews." This was the phrase Pilate penned and displayed over Jesus on the cross.

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