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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Gol'Gotha

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(skull ), the Hebrew name of the spot at which our Lord was crucified. ( Matthew 27:33 ; Mark 15:22 ; John 19:17 ) By these three evangelists it is interpreted to mean the "place of a skull." Two explanations of the name are given: (1) that it was a spot where executions ordinarily took place, and therefore abounded in skulls; or(2) it may come from the look or form of the spot itself, bald, round and skull-like, and therefore a mound or hillock, in accordance with the common phrase --for which there is no direct authority-- "Mount Calvary." Whichever of these is the correct explanation, Golgotha seems to have been a known spot.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Gol'Gotha'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/g/golgotha.html. 1901.

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