The Jerusalem Post ran a story this week claiming that the Bible giant Goliath’s skull is located under the land occupied by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre because its biblical name, Golgotha, sort of sounds like “Goliath of Gath.” The Post did not clearly explain to readers that its article was a near-verbatim copy of a 2017 tabloid story from Britain’s Daily Star, itself recycling Evangelical chatter from the early 2000s, nor did the Post disclose that the “author” of their story, “Walla! Tourism,” had apparently produced the piece to draw Christian tourists to Israel.
Self-described Christian-Jewish “thinker” Ken Ammi explained the argument this way: “Goliath was from Gath so it may be that Golgotha is a compound word which combines Goliath and Gath.”
“Golgotha” has nothing to do with Goliath. It’s a Greek transliteration of the Aramaic gulgultā, from the Syriac Gāgūlṯā, all referencing skulls. However, Christian pastors have tried to tie Golgotha to Goliath as part of a “serpent seed” theology positing that Satan father a child with Eve, through which genetic sin, such as homosexuality, entered the human race. The Daily Star quoted Firestorm Ministries preacher Bonnie Nelson on serpent seed mythology: “For Nelson, Goliath represents the ‘seed of the serpent’ spoken of the Bible’s first book – so she says, ‘if Goliath’s head was buried there it fulfilled Genesis.’”
This effort to make Golgotha, the place of Jesus’ crucifixion, a locus of Nephilim or Satanic power is decidedly non-traditional. The early Church fathers glossed Golgotha as an execution site. In Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages it became the place of Adam’s burial, where Noah reinterred Adam’s skull after the Flood, thus tying Christ to Noah and Adam. Modern Evangelicals seems decidedly more interested in turning Christ into a culture warrior sticking it to those genetically programmed to sin than with the salvation narrative Christianity supposedly represents.
11/3/2022 02:50:40 am
No evidence it was ever called Golgotha and the crucifixion is historical fiction anyway. No archaelogical evidence for the historical Jesus in existence.
11/25/2022 10:54:28 pm
Well, apart from the fact crucifixion was the method of execution by the Romans, something you fail to understand...The Roman historian and senator Tacitus referred to Jesus, his execution by Pontius Pilate, and the existence of early Christians in Rome in his final work, Annals (written ca. AD 116), book 15, chapter 44.
11/6/2022 10:25:10 am
Welcome to the world of biblical archaeology whereby associating a biblical figure to a site is akin to having a personal ATM at the expense of the 'handmaidens/students' who come here to excavate in the summer. Amer. universities don't seem to care as long as they get their names in the media and a % of the outside funding. I once was tipped off by a trustee that the Dean was coming and we should have a chat to prevent more abuse of their students. She refused to have a talk with me...even thou the excavation was originally funded by a twice convicted felon for 'grifting to the tune of millions of dollars.
11/15/2022 04:55:42 am
And I've seen poison ivy take out an entire crew.
11/15/2022 09:44:40 am
need a name try Joseph Peeples, give you a little help, last big crime he was defended by the late F. Lee Bailey, before he was disbarred. Both lost....
11/6/2022 05:08:39 pm
This is just a variant of legends that go back to texts like Voragine's 'Life of Adam' on the Golden Legend and even earlier.
The cross is the tree of life in Garden of Eden
11/8/2022 10:15:59 pm
That;s the basis behind the historical fiction
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