Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Links

=Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?
"Anyone encountering anti-Christian polemics will quickly come up against the accusation that a major festival practiced by Christians across the globe—namely, Easter—was actually borrowed or rather usurped from a pagan celebration.... The argument largely rests on the supposed pagan associations of the English and German names for the celebration.... It is important to note, however, that in most other European languages, the name for the Christian celebration is derived from the Greek word Pascha, which comes from pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover."
Read the whole thing for more including how the antiquity of Easter celebrations precludes this alleged pagan origin.

=Why does Easter's date wander?

=Either Way, Amalek Must Die: A Passover Meditation
"The Jews are instructed to kill off the tribe of Amalek, while every Christian must kill the Amalekite within him. Christianity wants each individual member of the tribe of Amalek to die to this world and be reborn into the nation of Israel, Amalek’s most hated enemy."

=Gratuitous self-linkage: My favorite pieces from last Easter
-Even Death on a Cross

-Silent Saturday

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