signifies a skull, and corresponds to the French word
chaumont. Probably it designated a bare hill or rising ground,
having some fanciful resemblance to the form of a bald skull.
“Golgotha seems not entirely unconnected with the hill of Gareb, and
the locality of Goath, mentioned in Jeremiah xxxi. 39, on the
north-west of the city. I am inclined to fix the place where Jesus was
crucified ... on the mounds which command the valley of Hinnom, above
Birket-Mamila.” —Renan: Life of Jesus, chap. xxv.
at the University church, Cambridge, was the gallery in which the
“heads of the houses” sat; so called because it was the place of skulls
or heads. It has been more wittily than truly said that Golgotha was
the place of empty skulls.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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