Calvary

Christian hymns and literature make mention of Calvary.  We know Calvary as the place where Christ was crucified.  I may be showing my ignorance here, but I always thought of the word simply as a proper noun…simply put, the name of the place Christ was crucified.  In my reading of Matthew 27 last night I came across Matthew 27:33 in the Vulgate, “et venerunt in locum qui dicitur Golgotha quod est Calvariae locus.”    The translation of this verse is, “And they came to a place which is called Golgotha, which is the place of the skull.”  I didn’t realize that Calvary was simply the Latin translation for the Aramaic? Golgotha.

This was a “The More You Know” moment, brought to you by me.

I feel as if I should also include this comic from xkcd.

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One Response to Calvary

  1. mary beth says:

    haha. You are my favorite.

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