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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1
        “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.
   Golgotha, 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.   2



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