Was Jesus Crucified on Mount Moriah?

There is much debate surrounding whether or not Jesus was crucified on Mount Moriah, and what the relation is to Golgotha Hill. Read more to find out.

By Alice Bassett
Edited by Joel Taylor

Published April 5, 2022.

Mount Moriah—or "Moriyya," as per the Bible—is a mountain found in Jerusalem. It is comparatively small compared to other mountains in the world, standing at only 2,520 feet tall, but it is greatly significant within the Bible. Mount Moriah was the place where Abraham was told to sacrifice his son, as well as the site where Soloman built the Temple of the Lord.

But there may be an even more profound significance to Mount Moriah. Read on to learn more.

What Mountain Was Jesus Crucified On?

One of the many significant periods in Christ's life—his crucifixion—occurred on Golgotha (Mount of Skull). This hill is skull-shaped and can be found just outside of Jerusalem, near the Jordan River.

Are Golgotha Hill and Mount Moriah the Same?

There is discourse surrounding whether Golgotha Hill and Mount Moriah are the same, but some firmly believe that they are. The overwhelming consensus is that they are the same, while at the very least most people agree that they are nearby one another.

What Happened at Mount Moriah?

Abraham was told to make a sacrifice on Mount Moriah, and famously that sacrifice was to be his son. Mount Moriah is mentioned by name.

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” —Genesis 22:2, NKJV

Mount Moriah is also mentioned by name when we see Solomon build the House of the Lord.

Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah... —2 Chronicles 3:1, NKJV

Mountains play an essential role in the Bible, both as sites of important events and metaphors for important messages. Take a look at our summary of the mountains in the Bible!