INRI


INRI is the acronym for the Latin phrase “IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM”, which translated into Spanish, would be “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. It is about the initials written on the cross on which Jesus Christ, the main mystical religious figure of the Christian religion, lay at the time of his death. According to Catholic tradition, these were imposed by order of Pontius Pilate, on a small wooden tablet, on the head of the so-called Messiah. In general, the titulus is always included in the various representations of the crucifixion (the well-known crucifixes), these being emulations of the most important images of Catholic life.

This, due to the fact that Latin was the official language of the region and was written in it, has suffered with the numerous translations made of the Bible since its most tender existence, so that in the different gospels it can go from “King of the Jews” to “This is Jesus, King of the Jews.” However, it is from the first version given (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews), from which the popular acronym is born. This title was not exclusive to Jesus Christ, since it was a fairly common practice in Roman crucifixions, in which, on the heads of those executed, their name, address and crime committed were indicated; as there was free writing, mockery or ridicule was allowed.

The interpretation offered by esoteric societies is related to paganism. They affirm that INRI can be both Igne Natvra Renovatvr Integra (By fire nature is completely renewed), and In Necis Renacere Integer (In death, reborn intact and pure).