What is the meaning of Easter and where do you find that word in the Bible?
It is derived from the name Eostar, goddess of fertility, and it's not in the Bible. Like most Christian holidays, it was kind of superimposed over much older celebrations in an attempt to "convert the heathens."
@Wychic, it was in the Bible for 400 years. They changed it in 1973. Easter is still in the KJV, along with about 44 other verses and 15,000 words they deleted from the new bible versions.
Easter was originally the celebration of the Goddess Ishtar or Eoster (prounced Easter). The only place you can find it in the bible is in Acts 12:4. KJV.
"And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people."
In Acts 12: 1 We see King Herod was vexing the church, and was going to wait until after Easter to present Paul to the people.
Passover always begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan (Abib) on the Jewish Calendar.
Jesus Christ was crucified on the 14th day of Nisan (Abib) and rose on the 17th day.
Newer versions of the bible have eliminated the word Easter and replaced it with "Passover."
This presents 4 major problems:
1: Easter never falls on the same day and can occur any Sunday within a month apart from itself - year to year, but Passover does.
2. Herod was an edomith, meaning his origin is non Jewish. His behavior was more hellenistic thus the observance of Easter, He was waiting until after Easter because it was his holiday - not the Jews. The KJV is correct here.
3. Christianity was still fairly new - celebrating Jesus resurrection at Passover or Easter time had not yet been established - not for another 300 years.
4. Easter was not introduced into Christianity until Christianity threatened the Papal Seat. When that happened the Roman Church decided since Christianity was stealing all its church members, that it would steal Christianity. The Church of Rome decided to call itself Christian, changed all the names of its gods and goddesses to Christian names like St. Paul, St. Mary, St. Jude etc etc., and continued business as usual, and finally adopting the pagan celebration of Easter at the Nicean Council of 32 AD. and tagging it to the resurrection of Christ because the two celebrations were close on the calendar.
The Pagan meaning of Easter is the celebration of the Pagan Goddess of the same name so that she will bless the earth with fertility and the continuation of life.
The Christian meaning is to celebrate Christ's victory over death and salvation of those who believe.
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