Bible scholars have theorised that the skull of the giant Goliath killed by David is buried beneath where Jesus was crucified.
David and Goliath is story described in the biblical Book of Samuel in which the giant warrior is defeated in single combat by the young boy, who would go on to become the King of Israel.
Bible scholars are always trying to hunt for historical proof that the stories recounted in their holy book actually occurred to help prop up Christianity.
And a theory proposed by many claims that Goliath’s skull may actually be buried beneath where Jesus was crucified outside Jerusalem.
No one has yet launched a dig to find the skull, and there are still questions of the historical existence of the Biblical version of the legend.
Jesus is believed to have been crucified in area known as Golgotha, which translates in the gospels to the Place of the Skull.
Bible theorists have proposed that Golgotha may be the site of the burial of Goliath’s skull, or at least where it was displayed by David.
The story goes that David chopped the head off the giant after killing him with his sling.
Goliath is recorded to have stood between 6ft 9in and 9ft 9in tall, with the latter believed to be an overestimation caused by mistranslation.
Myth records that Goliath, fighting for the Philistines, issued a challenge to the Israelite army for any man to face him single combat.
David – who is bringing food to the battlefield – accepts the challenge, and hurls a stone in Goliath’s face, knocking him down, before decapitating him.
Christian minister Bonnie Nelson, from Firestorm Ministries, suggested the head has to be buried at Golgotha as it fulfils prophecies laid out in Genesis.
For her website, she writes: “I would say logically, in looking at this stuff, David took the head of Goliath, and buried in Jerusalem on the hill of Golgatha.
“And that is why it became known as, the hill of the skull. Could it really be that simple?”
For Nelson, Goliath represents the “seed of the serpent” spoken of the Bible’s first book – so she says, “if Goliath’s head was buried there it fulfilled Genesis”.
Jewish-Christian thinker Ken Ammi also supports the theory of Goliath’s skull at Golgotha.
He wrote: “Goliath was from Gath so it may be that Golgotha is a compound word which combines Goliath and Gath.
“It may be that Golgotha was referred to as such due to the skull-like rocks or due to Goliath’s skull being buried there or a combination of the two: perhaps his skull was buried where the rocks look like a skull.
“Lastly, if it has not been moved and we have the right location, perhaps one day archaeologists will dig up Goliath’s skull.”
Rick Shenk, from the Bethlehem College & Seminary, speculates that Goliath’s head may have been impaled at Golgotha.
He writes: “David took the severed skull to Jerusalem. Odd, because Jerusalem was not David’s capital, but a city of God’s enemies.
“What did he do with the giant-head, the head of the Bronze Serpent?
“Perhaps, he impaled it on a hill outside of the city, visible to all.”
He added: “Hundreds of years later, Jesus was crucified at the ‘place of the skull’ outside of Jerusalem.
“But why was that place called Golgotha in Jesus’ day?
“The text does not tell us, but it is intriguing that this place name sounds very much like, Goliath.
“Whether or not Goliath of Gath is the correct etymology of Golgotha, it was in this very city to which the head of Goliath was taken. It was on this very hill where Jesus’ feet were pierced by the nails.”
Christian travel agency Living Passages also draws the connection between Golgotha and Goliath.
In an article on their website, they said: “Some speculate that David cutting off Goliath’s head could be symbolic of Jesus crushing the head of the enemy by his Resurrection.”
They added: “Although this is highly speculative, Golgotha sounds an awful lot like Goliath.
“Could this be the true reason the site is called ‘skull’? It’s possible.”
Earlier this year, archaeologists excavating Goliath’s hometown, Gath , unearthed a new layer of ruins dating back to the time of the Biblical battle.
Excavation director Aren Maeir, of Bar Ilan University in Israel, said the discovery came as a surprise after 23 years.
He said: “We now know the size and impressive nature of the early Iron Age city is quite different than previously thought.
“It was assumed the city reached its large size during the 10th and 9th century BC.”
Maeir added: “It now appears that the early Iron Age city – 11th century BC and perhaps before – may have been even bigger and more impressive.
“Perhaps, the legends of giants among the Philistines, and in particular from Gath – Goliath and others – might have arisen, among other reasons, from seeing the impressive monumental remains of the city in the centuries after its destruction.”
The newly-found fortifications are reportedly 13ft wide, whereas walls from later periods are up to 8ft wide.
The building blocks themselves are also bigger, measuring up to 6.5ft in the ‘Goliath’ layer and only half a metre 1.6ft in later layers.
Three years ago, researchers unveiled they had identified the first ever Philistine cemetery as historians piece together the mystery of Goliath.
The 3,000-year-old site was found at Ashkelon in southern Israel.
Archaeologists hoped it will help piece together the mysterious ancient civilisation.
Skeletons were found on the site – but unfortunately none of them were giant sized as the remains of Goliath’s whereabouts remain unknown.
In terms of direct evidence for a historical Goliath, the closest thing that archaeologists have is a shard unearthed in 2005 which featured two names with a similar root to Goliath.
Gath was eventually destroyed in 830 BC by Hazael of Aram Damascus.
David’s defeat of Goliath paved the way for him to become king and one of the most important figures in the Old Testament.
He is presented in the Bible as the ideal king and Jesus is described as being descended from David.