What's the word Easter in the Bible?
- Ken ShawLv 47 years agoFavorite Answer
Easter. Greek. to pascha, the Passover. Easter is a heathen term, derived from the Saxon goddess Eastre, the same as Astarte, the Syrian Venus, called Ashtoreth in the O.T.
Easter: Masking a Biblical Truth
In contrast to the general public, which considers Christmas the most important Christian holiday, many theologians regard Easter as the preeminent celebration because it commemorates Jesus' resurrection.
As with Christmas, we find that the popular customs associated with the Easter celebration—rabbits, Easter-egg hunts and sunrise services—have nothing to do with the biblical record of Christ's life, in this case His rising from the dead.
Where, then, did these practices originate?
The Encyclopaedia Britannica tells us, "As at Christmas, so also at Easter, popular customs reflect many ancient pagan survivals—in this instance, connected with spring fertility rites, such as the symbols of the Easter egg and the Easter hare or rabbit" (15th edition, Macropaedia, Vol. 4, p. 605, "Church Year").
The word Easter appears once in the King James Version of the Bible, in Acts 12:4
, where it is a mistranslation. Reputable scholars and reference works point out that the word Easter in this verse comes from the Greek word pascha, meaning Passover. Modern translations correctly translate this word this word "Passover"—as even the King James Version does in other verses (see Matthew 26:2
, 17-19; Mark 14:12
; 1 Corinthians 5:7).
Notice what Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words says about the term Easter here: "Pascha ... mistranslated ‘Easter' in Acts 12:4
, KJV, denotes the Passover ... The term ‘Easter' is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The festival of Pasch [Passover] held by Christians in post-apostolic times was a continuation of the Jewish feast ... From this Pasch the pagan festival of ‘Easter' was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity" (1985, p. 192, "Easter").
Easter's ancient history
The roots of the Easter celebration date to long before Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection. Various Easter customs can be traced back to ancient spring celebrations surrounding Astarte, the goddess of spring and fertility. The Bible refers to her as "Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians" (2 Kings 23:13) and, as Vine's mentions, "the Queen of Heaven," whose worship God condemned (Jeremiah7:18; 44:24-28).
Francis Weiser, professor of philosophy at Boston College, provides these facts: "The origin of the Easter egg is based on the fertility lore of the Indo-European races ... The Easter bunny had its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. Hare and rabbit were the most fertile animals our fore-fathers knew, serving as symbols of abundant new life in the spring season" ( Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, 1958 , pp. 233, 236). (For more information about these symbols, see "Fertility Symbols: Beneath the Dignity of God" on page 22).
Fertility rites and customs were incorporated into religious practices early in history. After Adam and Eve rejected God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), humanity looked for other explanations for life. Forces of nature and seasons that could not be controlled began to be viewed as gods, goddesses and supernatural powers to be worshipped and feared. Man soon created his own gods, contradicting God's instruction against idolatry (Exodus 20:3-6; Deuteronomy 5:7-10).
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- RikardLv 77 years ago
The word "Easter" is found in the King James version at Acts 12:4. That is just another example of Christianity borrowing terms from the Pagans by taking the Saxon celebration of the Goddess Easter on the Vernal Equinox and turning it into a Christian holiday.
- Rock RealtyLv 67 years ago
No, Easter in not in Gods word.Promoted as a celebration of Christ’s resurrection, Easter is actually rooted in false religion. The name Easter itself has been linked to Eostre, or Ostara, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and of spring. And how did eggs and rabbits come to be associated with Easter? Eggs “have been prominent as symbols of new life and resurrection,” says the Encyclopædia Britannica, while the hare and the rabbit have long served as symbols of fertility. Easter, therefore, is really a fertility rite thinly disguised as a celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
Would Jehovah condone the use of a filthy fertility rite to commemorate his Son’s resurrection? Never! (2 Corinthians 6:17, 18) In fact, the Scriptures neither command nor authorize the commemorating of Jesus’ resurrection in the first place. To do so in the name of Easter, therefore, is to be doubly disloyal.
P.S in a effort to further yoke paganism the King James mistranslated Acts 12:4. It should say,
And laying hold of him, he put him in prison, turning him over to four shifts of four soldiers each to guard him, as he intended to produce him for the people after the passover.
- Anonymous7 years ago
The one mention of "Easter" in scripture acknowledges the
practice pagans had of celebrating the fertility festival of Ishtar.
" 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."
Jesus was crucified on the Jewish Passover, the same week
as the pagan festival which, under rule of Roman Catholicism
were combined into one annual commemoration to appease all.
Ishtar was a fertility "goddess" and the statues they made of
her had hands outstretched - an egg in one, rabbit in the other.
(Fertility symbols which became today's Easter eggs & bunnies)
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- 5737345Lv 77 years ago
No its not in the bible, and neither is the easter bunny and easter eggsSource(s): b
- 7 years ago
The word "Easter" is not found in the bible.
- 7 years ago
It's not in the Bible. It's derived from Eostre/Oestre, the Teutonic/Saxon goddess of spring and the dawn?
If you find it in any Bible version, then it was a later addition, and extremely false.
- silver dLv 77 years ago
It's a proto-germanic word. Specifically the name of a goddess; Eostre.Source(s): You won't find it in the bible.
- cloudLv 77 years ago
Along with other Christian teachings that should be special they put in pagan teachings. So it came down to us from false religion that was in the earth many years ago.