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Golgotha – The Place of the Scull

Calvary - Skull Hill

Where was Jesus Crucified?

The cross of Christ is often portrayed as having been on a hill far away.  We even sing songs about it.  But the Romans crucified people on well traveled roads as an example, not in remote locations.

All four gospels say that Jesus was crucified at “the place of a skull.”  The Greek word is “kranion” (from which we get the English word ‘cranium’}. The word is translated “Golgotha” in Hebrew and “Calvary” in Latin.  None of the gospels indicate that He was crucified on a hill.

Skull Hill

  • “When they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, . . . they crucified Him” (Matt 27:33-35).
  • “And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, the place of a skull. . . And . . . they . . . crucified Him” (Mark 15:22-24).
  • “When they were come to the place, which is called Calvary (kranion in the Greek text), there they crucified Him” (Luke 23:33 KJV)
  • “When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him” (Luke 23:33 NASB)
  • “And He bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified Him” (John 19:17-18).

Skull Hill Picture

Just outside Old Jerusalem’s northern wall, near the Damascus gate, there is a rocky hill that bears the resemblance of a skull.  Significant erosion has occurred over time, and the bridge of the nose was washed away in a storm a few years ago, so it looks less like a scull now than it did before. The image above is a picture of an old picture posted at a site (near The Garden Tomb) from which you can see “scull hill.”  It is likely that Christ’s crucifixion took place at the base of this hill, by the road, outside the Damascus gate.

A few modern pictures of the weathered “skull” are included below.  This location, which may be where our Lord was crucified, is now a bus station.

Golgotha Today

Calvary- Skull Hill

Golgotha Overlook

 

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