Where was Jesus crucified? On one of our recent Israel tours, leader and speaker, Dr. Robert Cornuke, gave an astonishing new teaching on-site with Living Passages in the location of his new Biblical discovery, Golgotha. This controversial proposition goes against popular opinion. Yet, as travelers stood at the edge of the unpolished Silwan neighborhood, across from the City of David (where Dr. Cornuke believes the Temple once stood), it seemed likely that the centurion guarding Jesus would have looked from that same vantage point after Jesus “yielded up His spirit” and witnessed the earthquake, graves opening and the temple veil tearing in two (Mathew 27 50-54). If Cornuke is correct about the site of Christ’s crucifixion, then that centurion would have been able to actually watch the large veil in front of the Temple be split. “So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, ‘Truly this was the Son of God!'” Matthew 27-54.
If you have been to Jerusalem, then you can picture the City of David to the west of the Kidron Valley and to the East of the Kidron valley is the Silwan neighborhood. In Cornuke’s newly released book, Golgotha, Cornuke explains his risky initial visit to the off-limits Silwan neighborhood. He concludes the first chapter by saying, “I was actually standing at the foot of the stone cliffs I had come so far and had spent so much time and treasure trying to see: the cliffs of the Silwan village. I gazed up at several ancient split-open tombs, which were exactly as the Bible described! My mouth went chalk dry, “could this be the place…could these cliffs actually be evidence revealing where Christ was crucified?'” (pg 3).
Another interesting chapter of Cornuke’s book highlights verses in the Bible that suggest the Temple always faced East as we see here, “for the front of the temple faced east,” in Ezekiel 47:1. This supports Dr. Cornuke’s proposition that the veil on the front of the Temple would have been on the Eastward facing side and visible from the Silwan Valley.
Many people have tried to answer to the question, where was Jesus crucified. Cornuke also addresses why he does not believe the sites currently named as Golgotha or Calvary are the true locations of Christ’s crucifixion. “Even though Gordon’s Calvary (discovered by General Charles Gordan in 1883) and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are visited with swarms of sightseers daily, they are both fraught with many geographical flaws. Simply put, they do not align with Scriptural directives. These inconsistencies with the Bible will be examined in detail later on in this book.” (pg 7).
Dr. Robert Cornuke’s new book, Golgotha, is available now at Koinonia House Resource Center. Learn how you can join a scheduled Christian Israel tour and find the answer to the popular question, where was Jesus crucified!
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”