GOLGOQA with O or with A ?

Martin Arhelger arhelger at gmx.de
Thu Jul 1 04:41:03 EDT 1999

The hill where Jesus was crucified is called "GOLGOQA" in all Greek
txt-editions known to me an also in my Latin edition and all of my
English, French and Dutch bible-versions.

But Martin Luther's German translation " and after him many protestant
German bible-translations have "Golgatha". (German Catholic translations
mostly have "Golgotha".)

Does anybody know the reason why Luther has an "a" where the Greek text
has an "o" ? Is it due to another spelling tradition of vowels or what
is the reason?

Martin Arhelger,

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