Golgotha—place of Goliath’s Skull

“Matthew 27:33 says that Jesus was crucified at "a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull?" While some have tried to find a hill around Jerusalem that looks like a skull, this is clearly wrong. Golgotha comes from the Hebrew gulgoleth, meaning "head" or "skull," but the Greek interpretation of Golgotha is not "skull" but "place of a skull" Is there someone whose famous skull was placed near Jerusalem? We get a clue from the fact that Golgotha may also be, by way of a pregnant pun, a contraction of Goliath of Gath (Hebrew: Goliath-Gath = Gol-Gotha). 1 Samuel 17:54 says that David took the head of Goliath to Jerusalem, but since Jerusalem was to be a holy city, this dead corpse would not have been set up inside the city, but someplace outside. The Mount of Olives was right in front of the city (1 Kgs. 11:7; 2 Kgs. 23:13) and a place of ready access. We can surmise that Jesus was crucified at the place where Goliath's head had been exhibited. Even as His foot was bruised, He was crushing the giant's head! “

~James B. Jordan, Matthew 23–25: A Literal, Historical, and Theological Commentary