“And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink…” (Mat. 27:33-34)
Many have searched for the “Place of the Skull” by looking for a natural land formation that looks like a skull. Instead they should have looked into the meaning of the word Golgotha.
The Hebrew word for the Greek Golgotha is Golgolet. Golgolet H1538 literally means “a skull, poll, head,” and when it’s put back into its proper context the true meaning of Golgotha becomes obvious. KJV:Numbers 1:2
Numbers 1:18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day
of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their
families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls. H1538 NASB: head by head (skull)
1 Chronicles 23:24 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, H1538 man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.
As you can see from the above scriptures, golgolet is used in the context of taking a census or a poll by counting the “heads” or “skulls” of the individuals over age twenty. By the time the first century rolled along, Golgolet was called Golgotha in Greek and became associated with an actual place where they counted people as they entered Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.Golgotha was on the Mount of Olives, at the Red Heifer Bridge.
Exodus 30:11-12 “Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying: ‘When you take the census of the children of Israel for their number, then every man shall give a ransom for himself to Yahweh, when you number them, that there may be no plague among them when you number them.'”The ransom to be paid became a required a half-shekel payment from each male over the age of twenty.