Easter’s Connection to the Jewish Passover and Germanic Pagans

The English word Easter is one of those words with a German origin.  However, the word itself originally had nothing to do with any form of Jewish or Christian traditions.  Easter comes from the word Ostern.  That particular word was associated with the Anglo-Saxon version of a much older Indo-European goddess called Ēostre.  Ēostre was the goddess of the dawn.  When trying to convert non-believers it made it easier if you could connect the new religion with the one currently being practice.  Wonder where the Easter Bunny tradition comes from?  That comes from the Scandinavian form of Ēostre, Freya.  Rabbits and hares are associated with her.  Also, Ēostre’s festival was in the early spring when the rabbits and hares start reproducing.  The spring is also the time of renewal and new life.  Ta-da.  There are several ways to connect a few of the traditions to the older traditions.

Oddly enough, Easter is not called Easter in a lot of other countries.  A lot of places call Easter Pascha.  That particular word is Greek  and is a loan word in Latin.  It comes from the Aramaic and Hebrew word Pesach.  That word means Passover for those of you who do not know any Hebrew.  You all know what that means do you not?  Easter is basically the Christian form of the Jewish Passover celebration all rolled up in to one day and the Death and Resurrection of Jesus added in.  I find that interesting because a lot of Christians seem to not care about Jewish traditions and to understand Christianity, and I mean really understand it, you need to understand   Jewish traditions.  That is also another reason why I do not get that a lot of Christians feel the Bible is difficult to understand.  If you would learn about the history of your religion it would help.

Religion if fascinating and it is interesting to see how they are connected in one way or another.  I mean you really cannot get around that fact.  A lot of religions are connected and it really does not really take a lot of in depth study to figure it out.  I mean, yes, I did study religion at university, but even before that when I was in high school I had that figured out just from paying attention in my history classes.  Oh well, maybe I am one of odd ones notices things like that.

 

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