Golgotha

The Place of a Skull


Matthew 27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull [Strong's: kranion],
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Mark 15:22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull [Strong's: kranion].
23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary [Strong's: kranion; RSV: The Skull; NIV: the Skull; YLT: Skull; Wiktionary: "Calvary - From Latin calvaria ('skull')"], there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

John 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull [Strong's: kranion], which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.


Possible Site

A photo of Skull Hill near Jerusalem circa 1900 (from Wikipedia article "The Garden Tomb").


Possible Connection

Goliath + Gath may = Golgotha.

1 Samuel 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span [NIV: He was over nine feet tall].

1 Samuel 17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

1 Samuel 17:54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.


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