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:

All four gospels state that Jesus was crucified on a cross on a hill called Golgotha, according to the gospels. John 19:20 indicates that the place of His crucifixion was outside the city; it was “near the city.”

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)

Hill of Golgotha – Holy Sepulcher

John 19:17 states that Golgotha is the Hebrew word which means “skull.” The Greek name, kranion, means “Calvary.” Some believe the Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been built on Golgotha or the Place of the Skull. But it s difficult to see the skull.

Golgotha Outcrop at Holy Sepulcher

Hill of Golgotha – Gordon’s Calvary

In contrast, Gordon’s Calvary clearly has a skull embedded on the side of a hill. There is a song that Christians sing called “I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary.”

Gordon's Calvary Near The Garden Tomb

Gordon's Calvary Near The Garden Tomb - Closeup

According to tradition, Jesus would have died on top of this hill or the hill on which the Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been built.


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.

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