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Golgotha The synoptic gospels record the site of Jesus' crucifixion either by the Aramaic name 'Golgotha' (place of the skull: Mark 15:22; Matthew 27:33; Luke 19:17) or just as 'Skull' (Luke 23:33). The origin of the name Golgotha is uncertain, but some believe that a cemetery was located here. It is thought that this was a standard site for small executions that would have been common under Roman rule.


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February 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(1) tracieh says:

It’s really funny how different doctrines can be. When I was in the Church of Christ, they preached that it was contrary to faith to have evidence–so that god would not provide “proof” of any claims that might substantiate his existence in any way. So C of C–at least the ones I attended–rejected healing and miracles (the taught they used to happen, but not since the rise of the Bible as god’s means of promoting his message).

I totally see the conflicts there between that doctrine and, for example, holding courses where Josh McDowell would promote “evidence for your faith” (which they did) and promoting that the Bible itself is proof of god. At the time, the contradictions were invisible to me, but I plead “indoctrination” and youth as my only defenses.

Meanwhile, though, we had an elder member who went to the “Holy Land” and gave a slideshow presentation. I can’t begin to tell you how many disclaimers he gave during that hour or so that “Now, this isn’t REALLY the tomb of Jesus…” Or “This isn’t REALLY where X or Y occurred…”

It’s just so funny. In serious academics, these types of disclaimers are rarely offered, because there is an underlying assumption that everyone knows it’s just traditional and not real. No serious scholar thinks this is factually the tomb or the garden or the whatever spot where X happened. But in religion you have this school who really thinks this is “history” and not legend. And on the other end of that spectrum were people in the church I grew up in, where it was so taboo to imply this might be the “real” tomb that you can’t even discuss it without some spoken caveat to the contrary–as though a lightning bolt might strike you for your falsehood in claiming it’s true! Just funny, all the fear and gullibility. I’m so glad I’m out of crazy world.

February 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm
(2) Cousin Ricky says:

Fourth century, eh? Sounds like one of St. Helena’s invented tourist traps.

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