1. Exposition

Where was Golgotha?

Mark 15:22 (ESV)

22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).

Golgotha is a transliteration of an Aramaic word meaning skull. The precise location of this place is uncertain but it was certainly outside the gates of the city of Jerusalem, presumably next to a main road so that the bodies of the criminals being crucified could be easily seen by all passers-by. The traditional site of the crucifixion is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located outside the city walls (Leviticus 24:14; Numbers 15:35–36; Hebrews 13:12).1