The site of Golgotha

“For they know not what they do…”

Luke 23:34

Golgotha is Hebrew for skull. The canonical gospels use the term Kronian, often translated into the latin Calvariae Locus. The English term is now Calvary. All of them refer to a site not far from ancent Jerusalem, where the crucifixion of Jesus is said to have taken place. The most popular location for this site was identified in 325 by Queen Mother Helene, mother of Constantine the Great. We blogged about her last Easter and her quest to the Holy Lands to find the true cross. The location where she found those wooden fragments, became the accepted site of the crucifixion. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, now contains the rock of Calvary, as well as the adjacent tomb of the resurrection. In 1846 a more scientific approach was attempted, and a Dresden University team published a theory that a rocky cliff north of Jerusalem , with the appearance of a human skull was Golgotha. This site is now known as Skull Hill or Gordon’s Calvary. Conveniently, nearby is a small rock tomb. #happyeaster2021 #letsmakelemonade

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