Why did the Pharisees protest Pilate’s note on the cross?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018

Question: Why did the Pharisees protest Pilate’s note on the cross?

Answer: The Roman governor of Judea Pilate ordered the following to be written on the cross in Hebrew, Greek, and Roman:


However, upon seeing it the corrupted religious elite became angry and said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, ‘The King of the Yehudim,’ but, ‘He said, I am the King of the Yehudim.’ (Joh 19:19-21) But Pilate said, ‘What I have written, I have written’.

What did the Pharisees see that made them angry?

This is what they saw.

In Hebrew “Yeshua King of the Jews” spells like that:

       of the Jews  היהודים  and King ומלך  the Nazarene הנצרי  Yeshua  ישוע  

 Yeshua Hanatsriy V‘melekh Hayehudiym

Yeshua the Nazarene and King of the Jews

(Note: the definite article ha “the” before nazarei is in the Greek text.)

Upon seeing this encoded massage that the Roman inadvertently but prophetically wrote, probably they recalled the proverb that reads thus,

Who has gone up to the heavens and come down?

Who has grasped the wind in His fists?

Who has bound the waters in a garment?

Who established all the ends of the earth?

What is His name, and what is His son’s name, if you know it? (Pro 30:4)

Because the acronym they saw read יהוה

(Read more about the Name of the Creator in the articles “The Hebrew Yehovah vs. the Roman Yahweh” and “His Name is Yehoshua“.