The question of where Golgatha is

To the left, a threshing floor.


In Genesis 22, we see the story of the sacrifice of Isaac where Moriah (mo-ree-yah) is mentioned first. The Hebrew word means seen of God.

Moses states "the land of Moriah", not Mount Moriah. God tells Abraham to go into the Land of Moriah to a place He would show him. God did not say, "There is a mount called Moriah where I wish you to offer up your only son as a sacrifice to Me."


Gen 22:14
And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it will be seen.

The Targum which is the Aramaic translation/interpretation of the Torah and the Prophets states that the place David bought (the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite 1 Chron 21) to build the House of God was Mount Moriah.

But... how could the Romans profane the Temple by crucifying Jesus inside the Temple walls, since Solomon had no choice in where to build the Temple, God told him to build it on the property David had bought from Ornan the Jebusite. Also...

The Bible states that they took Jesus outside the city walls for crucifixion. The place that tradition states is Golgotha, is not a logical site for the wall expansion. While I do not think Wikipedia is full of accurate information, the section on
Calvary is full of legitimate references, and it quite interesting.

Bottom line, no one really knows for sure where Golgatha literally is. If they did, then history illustrates that people would worship the rock instead of the Rock.
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