The top two are variants of Yehoshua and the lower one is Yeshua. The bottom is the one commonly used for the Aramaic and late Biblical Hebrew and it reads right to left the letters - Yod, shin, vav, and ayin.
Because in the English world, here in the 21st century, we do everything backwards. Although the USA hasn't yet caught up with the British as we still drive on the right side of the road. I guess that sooner or later we will get around to driving on the wrong side. The British are about 50 years ahead of us I would say.
I did see the Passion. I am fortunate enough to watch it every Good Friday. I did pick up on some words but I can hardly speak Syriac or Arabic. I'm starting to learn Arabic at the moment. My pastor is fluent in Syriac and can speak some Lebanese Arabic.