Objections to the Bible: Pilate’s Inscription

Christ Crucified (1632) by Diego Velázquez

One objection to the integrity and inspiration of the Bible is that the sign above Jesus during the Crucifixion is reported differently in each gospel. As with many objections, it seems absurd to think that the earliest Christians would not have noticed this in the accounts and figured out that it was a problem, but putting that aside…Philip Volmer addressed the issue in his book The Modern Student’s Life of Christ on page 263, where he says:

It is variously reported by each of the four evangelists. This may have been because the inscription itself differed in each of the three languages, or perhaps because each evangelist records only a part of what Pilate wrote, as shown in the following scheme.

Pilate:This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.
Matthew:This is Jesus ……………….., the King of the Jews.
Mark:……………………………………. The King of the Jews.
Luke:This is …………………………. the King of the Jews.
John:………. Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.

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