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April 1, 2018

The Place of the Skull - Golgotha

Errol McKinson

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Calvary, or Golgotha traditionally interpreted as reflecting Syriac (Aramaic) golgoltha, as it were Hebrew gulgōleṯ "skull"), was, according to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem's walls where Jesus was crucified.

 

According to the New Testament, Golgotha was the name of the site where Jesus was crucified. Where is Golgotha located in Jerusalem? In their Archaeological Views column “Golgotha: Is the Holy Sepulchre Church Authentic?” in the May/June 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Marcel Serr and Dieter Vieweger discuss past and current investigations into the site where Jesus was crucified.

 

Where is Golgotha today? The exact location where Jesus was crucified is disputed. In the fourth century C.E., the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built at the site of Golgotha as identified by Roman emperor Constantine’s mother, Helena. However, scholars began to question this identification in the 19th century, since the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is inside the city walls of the present-day Old City of Jerusalem. Golgotha would have to have been located outside the city in accordance with Roman and Jewish customs of the time.

 

Cheers,

 

Errol