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Golgotha is the name of the place where Jesus was crucified. The word comes from the Aramaic "gulgulta," and it is referred to in three places in the New Testament:

  • Matt 27:33, "And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull."
  • Mark 15:22, "Then they *brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull."  
  • John 19:17, "They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha."

When Jerome translated the New Testament into Latin, he used the Latin word for skull, calvaria, from where we get "Calvary."

There is not definitive consensus on where Golgotha was, but it appears to be outside the city gate (Heb. 13:12).


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.