Bible Question:

I am getting confused about this name Zion. I want to know if this is the mountain where Jesus was crucified or not.

Bible Answer:

Jesus was crucified on a hill called Golgotha, according to the gospels.

And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull . . .  Matthew 27:33 (NASB)

Then they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.  Mark 15:22 (NASB)

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. Luke 23:33  (NASB)

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. John 19:17 (NASB)

Golgotha is the Hebrew word which means “skull.” The Greek name is kranion which means “Calvary.” In a photograph of the hill of Golgotha, one can see a skull on the right side.

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Mount Zion was the largest hill on which the city of Jerusalem was built. It was on the south side of the city, above the Valley of Hinnom. It was the first spot on which buildings of the city of Jerusalem were built. You can read more about Mount Zion and see a picture of it at the study entitled, “He Is Faithful.”


Jesus died on an old rugged cross on a hill called “The Skull.” He died there for you and me. He died so that our sins can be forgiven, so that we could be at peace with God, and some day live with God forever. Does God love us or what? He asks us to believe in Jesus Christ. Now, that is very simple!