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What Elements Went Into Making The Story Of Easter A Fascinating Subject

Author: Greg Dutch

Easter the history includes not only the history of the Easter holiday and Easter season, but also the words and traditions that we use today in celebration of Easter.

Easter the history includes the etymology of the word Easter which goes back to the Greek Pascha, meaning Passover, the Hebrew holiday. Both Easter and Passover are partially traditions that have to do with new life. The Christian Easter has to do with Jesus' resurrection while the Hebrew Passover has to do with God sparing the children of the Jews while killing the first born of the Egyptians. It's also significant that Jesus and his apostles took the last supper as a Passover meal. Old English, the word Eostre, provided a root for the modern English word Easter, although in Spain the day is called La Pascua, linked directly to that Greek Pascha.

Eastertide in Easter the history is the whole of the Easter season. The season used to last only the forty days from Easter until Ascension Day, when Christ rose into heaven, but now is marked for 50 days ending in Pentecost when it's said the Holy Ghost visited the apostles. Another link to Judaism comes in that Pentecost happened on Shavout, the day 50 days after the Exodus that God delivered the Ten commandments to Moses.

There were many disputes as to the time and specific date for Easter. The Quartodeciman controversy was the last of these arguments. It was a dispute based on a difference of one week, whether to celebrate Easter on the Hebrew Nisan 14 or one week later. Nisan 14 is the Lord's Passover, the day when Jews prepare for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Only the Christians in Phyrgia, located in Asia, celebrated Easter on this day, while everyone else marked it as the next Sunday. Nisan 14 fell on different days each year while the majority of Bishops and the Pope wanted Easter on a Sunday. When the dispute first began the Bishop of Phyrgia and the Bishop of Rome agreed to disagree, and let it stand. But one generation later all the Asia minor Bishops were excommunicated because they would not celebrate Easter the Sunday following Nisan 14.

There's another element to the controversy in that Christians had to rely on Jews to set the date for Nisan 14, and thus for Easter whether or not it fell on that date or on the following Sunday. Nison 14 could happen twice in a year, depending on what the Jews decided. The whole thing was cleared up with the First Nicaea Council who separated Easter from the Jewish calculations for Passover.

Easter the History went on to determine the date for Easter with a number of calculations do a Google search to learn more.

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