Golgotha – The Place of the Skull
Have you ever been curious about the location of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion? The cross of Christ is commonly shown as being “on a hill far distant” in depictions of the Bible. We even have songs written about it. However, as an example, the Romans executed their victims on well-traveled routes rather than in rural regions. Furthermore, there is no indication in the gospels that Jesus Christ was crucified on a hill. This post will look at a possible site where Jesus was crucified and evaluate the evidence for it.
The Place of a Skull
“The site of a skull” is mentioned in all four gospels as the location of Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 27:33; Mark 15:22; Luke 23:33; John 19:17). Cranium is a Greek term (from which we derive the English word cranium) that means “cranium.” In Hebrew, the term is rendered as “Golgotha,” while in Latin, it is translated as “Calvary.” The Greek term for “cranium” is “kranion,” which is derived from the English word “cranium.”
- Upon reaching a spot known as Golgotha, which literally translates as “place of a skull,” they crucified Jesus. “And they transport him to the placeGolgotha, which is, when translated, the location of a skull. And. they. crucified Him,” says Matthew 27:33-35. They crucified Him there (Mark 15:22-24). “When they arrived to the site, which is known as Calvary (kranion in the Greek text), there they crucified Him.” “When they arrived at the location known as The Skull, they crucified Him there,” says Luke 23:33 in the King James Version. “And He bearing His cross went forth into a location called the place of askull, which is known in Hebrew as Golgotha: where they crucified Him,” says Luke 23:33 NASB. (See also John 19:17-18)
In Hebrew, the term is rendered as “Golgotha,” while in Latin, it is translated as “Calvary.”
Where is Golgotha?
One of the most unusual features in the city is a rocky hill that resembles a skull. It is located just outside of Old Jerusalem’s northern wall, near the Damascus gate. During a storm a few years back, a significant amount of erosion happened, and the bridge of the nose was completely swept away with it. As a result, it seems to be less of a skull than it did previously. However, this is most likely the location of Golgotha and Calvary, which are both mentioned in the Bible. Skull Hill may be seen in the background of the image above, which is a photograph of an old photograph that was placed at a location (near The Garden Tomb) from where you can see “Skull Hill.” This hill, beside the road, outside the Damascus gate, is where it is most probable that Christ’s crucifixion took place, according to tradition.
According to John, Pilate nailed a title on Jesus’ cross, which read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19).
If Jesus had been crucified on a hilltop far away from the road, it is unlikely that many people would have noticed the inscription Pilot wrote.
This place is “in the vicinity of the city.” According to the King James Version (KJV), “them passing by” (KJV – “those that went by”) “reviled” Him (or “derided,” “hurled abuse,” “blasphemed,” “insulted” depending on whose translation you read).
Pictures of Golgotha Today
A few recent photographs of the worn “skull” hill are shown in the gallery below.
This spot, which may have served as the site of our Lord’s crucifixion, is presently used as a bus terminal. If you find this article to be useful, please SHARE it. If you like this piece, you may be interested in the following:
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Where Is Golgotha, Where Jesus Was Crucified?
Is it possible that the Church of the Redeemer has the answer? Staff of the Biblical Archaeology Society, October 26, 2021 150948 views, 20 comments, 150948 views What evidence is there to suggest that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the real site of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, based on the Church of the Redeemer (as depicted here)? What is the current location of Golgotha in Jerusalem? It was Golgotha, according to the New Testament, that served as the place of Jesus’ crucifixion and execution.
It was in the May/June 2016 edition of Biblical Archaeology Review when Marcel Serr and Dieter Vieweger discussed their Archaeological Views column, entitled “Golgotha: Is the Holy Sepulchre Church Authentic?” They discussed historical and contemporary research into the place whereJesuswas crucified.
- The precise site of Jesus’ crucifixion is a matter of debate.
- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located in Jerusalem.
- In line with Roman and Jewish traditions at the time, Golgotha would have had to be positioned outside of the city limits of Jerusalem.
- So, where exactly is Golgotha situated?
- When the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional location of Jesus’ crucifixion, was erected in the fourth century C.E., was it built within or outside the city walls of Jerusalem?
- Leen Ritmeyer created the illustration.
Attempts to locate a so-called Second Wall south of the Holy Sepulchre Church that had served as the northern wall of Jerusalem during Jesus’ time (and would have moved the site of the church outside of Jerusalem during Jesus’ time) have proven fruitless—although Josephus, the knowledgeable first-century Jewish historian, does mention such a wall (The Jewish War5.146).
For over a century, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built at Golgotha, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, appeared to provide a solution to the dilemma of authenticity.
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There are some hints from the Church of the Redeemer that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located outside the mysterious Second Wall, according to the findings of the excavations.
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Where was Peter at Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection?
The crucifixion of Jesus No direct evidence has been found to indicate that Peter was there during the crucifixion. “However, when all the people who had arrived to witness these sightsaw what had taken place heard what had happened, they beat their breasts and fled.” But all of his friends and acquaintances remained on the sidelines and observed the proceedings” (23:48-49). “When Jesus looked up and saw his mother there, as well as the disciple whom he adored standing nearby.”, John says. (19:26).
Following this, Peter addressed a large assembly of observers in the temple, saying, “You murdered the author of life, but God resurrected him from the grave.” “We have been eyewitnesses to this” (3:15).
Following the Resurrection Surprisingly, none of the eleven men Jesus chose to be His closest disciples were among the first to discover that Jesus had been raised from the dead.
She was present when Joseph of Arimathea laid His body to rest (Mark 15:47).
They discovered that the stone that had sealed the tomb had been moved aside, and that an angel had taken up residence within (Mark 16:4-5).
And tell his followers and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee,'” he instructed them (vs.
Mary made a beeline for the eleven disciples to inform them of her discovery (Luke 24:9).
Both disciples were sprinting, but the other disciple outran Peter and made it to the tomb before him.
After that, Simon Peter, who had been following him, came and entered the tomb.
‘The cloth was folded up separately from the linen,’ says the author (20:3-7).
Considering all that had transpired from Wednesday through Sunday that week, what do you believe was going through Peter’s thoughts at this point?
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Fisherman turned shepherd
This is the ninth installment in a series of posts about St. Peter’s experiences at the very first Easter. Located near the Sea of Galilee, the location is lovely. When Jesus told Peter three times, “Feed/tend my sheep/lambs,” something extremely significant happened in his life. A fundamental shift in not only what Peter was expected to accomplish for Him, but also a seismic shift in Peter himself was signified by Jesus.
Peter’s final exam
St. Peter’s experiences during the very first Easter are chronicled in this, the eighth installment of a series of blogs. After Jesus’ resurrection, the action takes place alongside the Sea of Galilee. They returned to Galilee, where Peter resumed his previous career of fishing with the help of six other disciples (John 21:2-3). Jesus arrived on the sand and instructed the sailors.
A close look at Peter’s denials
This is the sixth in a series of postings about St. Peter’s experiences at the very first Easter. The first five parts may be found here. It takes place in the courtyard of the High Priest’s home. While Jesus was being tried upstairs (Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62), Peter was with John and others (perhaps the temple police and soldiers) in the courtyard of Caiaphas’ house.