What is the significance behind the skull at the base of a crucifix?
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There seems to be two interpretations of the meaning of the skull at the base of the cross, the first is more symbolic and the second is more historical:
According to a teaching by Perry Stone, who does much research of ancient writings, the skull of Goliath was possibly buried on that hill, as well as the shape of the hill favoring a skull, Which also represents the head of the serpent, which bruised the heel of Christ, but Christ crushed his head. I'm being brief, but there is quite a teaching on this subject. Orthodox scholars would probably be familiar with these same ancient church and rabbinical writings.