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The Misconception of “King of the Jews”: A Linguistic Analysis

By: Brendi Wells

In discussions surrounding the life and legacy of Jesus Christ, the title “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” often arises. Many modern references, including the Latin inscription “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudeorum,” seem to validate this interpretation. However, a closer examination of the linguistic and historical context reveals a different story.

The Alteration of Fact:

The common belief that “King of the Jews” accurately represents the Latin inscription is a relatively recent development, dating back to the 18th century. This alteration of fact and translation is just one example of how historical accuracy can be distorted over time.

The Political Landscape in Judea:

At the time of Pontius Pilate, the region we now know as “Palestine” was referred to as “Iudaea” or “Judea.” The native population of this area was called “Iudaeus” in Latin, which translates to “Judean” in English. The Genetive Plural of “Iudaeus” in Latin is “Iudaeorum,” which translates to “of the Judeans” in English. Importantly, neither “Iudaeus” nor “Judean” had any valid religious connotations in their respective languages.

The Emergence of the Term “Jew”:

The term “Jew” as we understand it today did not exist during Jesus’ time. It was only after the invasion of the British Isles by the Anglo-Saxons that the English language substituted the Latin word “rex” with “king.” In Latin, “rex” means “ruler” or “leader,” not necessarily “king.” Therefore, the accurate translation of the Latin inscription would be “Jesus the Nazarene, Ruler of the Judeans.”

The Evolution of Language:

Language evolves over time, and meanings can change. In the 18th century, the word “Jew” appeared for the first time in English translations of the Bible. Since then, it has been consistently used in all English versions of the New Testament, cementing the association between “Jew” and “Judean.”

Seeking Truth:

For those in search of historical accuracy, a quick search on a popular search engine or the use of translation tools may not suffice. The truth often lies in older texts and sources that have not been subjected to modern alterations. In these pages, unaltered information can still be found, although it is rapidly disappearing.

A Wider Perspective:

This case study is just one example of how edits and mistranslations can creep into various aspects of information dissemination. It serves as a reminder to critically analyze historical and linguistic sources to arrive at a more accurate understanding of the past.

Henry Makow is a Jewish individual who is known for expressing the truth about this great deception and challenges conventional beliefs. The concept of Israel pertains to a people rather than a specific geographical location. The term “Israel” predates any occupation of a promised land, and Biblical scripture suggests that the Holy Land will remain under Gentile influence until the return of Jesus. Upon His return, Jesus will miraculously bring forth Jerusalem from Heaven in one day, having previously obliterated Babylon in one hour. He also asserts that the modern state of Israel and its inhabitants, commonly referred to as “Jews” or Pharisees, have Edomite origins and are descendants of the Khazarian Jews, lacking direct lineage to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Furthermore, he raises questions about the challenges faced by individuals of European descent worldwide as they are the real Semites, Anglo Saxon the “Missing 12 Tribes“. [Source:…/anglo-israel-movement%20.html]

In conclusion, the title “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” does not accurately represent the original Latin inscription. A nuanced examination of language, historical context, and the evolution of terminology suggests that “Ruler of the Judeans” is a more faithful translation. This case study underscores the importance of digging deeper into the past to uncover unaltered truths.



One Comment

  1. Bev Lind Bev Lind December 7, 2023

    Thank you Brendi, for the accurate definition of Jew.

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