Inscribed upon the cross when Jesus was crucified were the Latin words Jesus Nazarenus Rex Iudeorum . Pontius Pilate was the author of that famous inscription. Latin was Pontius Pilate's mother tongue. Authorities competent to translate and pass upon the correct translation into English agree that is Jesus the Nazarene Ruler of the Judeans . There is disagreement among them of that. The word JEW did t occur anywhere in the English Language until the 18th Century. Jesus referred to himself as a Judean. The modern day Jews were historically Khazars or Chazars, a Mongolian Nordic tribe who roamed rthern Europe.