Few Christians have bothered to notice the contradiction between the (correct) prophecy that the
Jesus was buried as evening approached on the sixth day of the week and, to appeal to the pagan Roman sun-worshipers, resurrected at dawn on their Sun( god)day.
Count 'em, that's only half the prophesied time! The prophecy isn't wrong, the prophecy-mangling interpretations to force it into the agenda of your clergy is wrong! Stop mangling the prophecy to suit your church's agenda and learn the true meaning of the prophecy as it is, correct. That should tell you that your faith has been misplaced in post-
Paul Hellenist Roman
Did you ever ask yourself why the family & close friends visited the sepulcher exactly 3 days later? If you research you'll find that there was an ancient practice across virtually all ancient peoples to check a sepulcher 3 days after a burial. When you investigate why, then you'll find that medical accuracy in pronouncing death in antiquity was limited to discerning breathing and pulse with the naked eye, ears and hands. And today, even with all of our modern equipment, while rare, every once in a while they still pronounce someone dead who later is found to be alive. In antiquity, that was rising from the dead! And, while infrequent, it was not nearly as rare then as now.
No one in antiquity could be sure a person was dead with finality—not coming back, until after 3 days and 3 nights.
In the mists of pre-history, family members in some societies were traditionally buried in the same sepulcher. News would have quickly spread when someone reported, upon burying a relative, that there were clawmarks of a previously buried relative trying to get out. The buried person had revived—"come back to life", "resurrected". Eventually, they would have figured out that, beyond 3 days and 3 nights, when the corpse had begun to decompose and smell, no one ever "came back" from that. Hence, they would check after 3 days and 3 nights if the buried person was alive again. Like today, but more often than now, they were found to be alive. (Ëlᵊâ•zârꞋ was one.)
|Ossuary engraved c 30 CE in Hebrew: Yᵊshūa Bar Yᵊhōseph"|
(Interestingly, the account also states that RibꞋi Yᵊhō•shūꞋa was seen by many—but only for the next 40 days, when he apparently died. His death and burial were corroborated by physical evidence. His bones were discovered in Yᵊru•shâ•laꞋyim in 1980, in his ossuary in which his name was engraved, by archaeologists who later admitted that, fearing miso-Judaic repercussions from Christians against Jews for producing physical evidence that intractably disproved Christian tradition, they colluded with Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ to abscond in the night and bury the bones in an unmarked grave. Dr. Joe Zias, the chief anthropologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority in 1980, then vacuumed out the ossuary to leave no trace of DNA. A priori, having been rescued from the sepulcher 10 days after PësꞋakh, we can then calculate that he died on the following Khag Shâvū•ōtꞋ [Thirdmonth 6] in 30 CE—perhaps 5 days after his 37th birthday, or 3 years short of his 40th birthday, on the Hebrew/Lunar calendar.)
"According to the Venerable Bede, the name
Easter is derived from the pagan spring festival of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, and many folk customs associated with Easter (for example, Easter eggs) are of pagan origin." See, especially the Affair of Baal Peor. Other encyclopedias also note that long before Christ, this was the spring festival for this goddess-idol under its various translated names: Esotera / Ishtar / Astarte / Ashtoreth.
Easter, a Christian festival, embodies many pre-Christian traditions. The origin of its name is unknown. Scholars, however, accepting the derivation proposed by the 8th-century English scholar St. Bede, believe it probably comes from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon name of a Teutonic goddess-idol of spring and fertility, to whom was dedicated a month corresponding to April. Her festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox; traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easterrabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored Eastereggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts."
The tradition of painting
Easter eggs is called pysanky. "Among Ukrainians there is a belief that the fate of the world depends upon pysanky. As long as egg decorating continues, the world will exist. Should the custom cease, evil in the guise of an ancient, vicious monster chained to a huge cliff will encompass the world and destroy it. Each year the monster's servants encircle the globe, keeping a record of the number of pysanky made. Should there be too few, the monster's chains loosen, and evil flows through the world. If there are many, the monster's chains hold taut, allowing love to conquer evil." (www.pysanka.com).
The late Oxford scholar of history, James Parkes, as well as Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Geza Vermes, and many other eminent historians have elucidated the polar opposite natures of 1st century
Esotera ( Ashtoreth, Easter). Ignoring all of this, Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia (loc. cit.) blunders in suggesting that the "Early Christians observed Easter on the same day as Passover." (Stated correctly: Unlike the Hellenist, Pauline, Roman Ishtar as they always had,
Grolier's also states that "In the 2nd century [C.E.], the Christian celebration was transferred to the Sun[
god]day following the 14-15 Nisan, if that day fell on a weekday" (loc. sit.). However, this wasn't yet " Easter." Nor Christian. It was the practice of some of the Tzᵊdoq•imꞋ and Samaritans.
It is widely and indisputably documented that wasn't until 325 C.E. that the Church Council of Nicaea decided that
Easter should be celebrated on the first Sun[ god]day after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox (03.21). Thus, the "First Easter" was in 325 C.E.!!!
In other words, only after these native Hellenist-Roman gentile idolaters had wrested control from the
They syncretized their idolatrous fertility festival for the
goddess Esotera, displacing the Judaic Capitolina, built over-top the ruins – which they made – of
The idolatrization of
Capitolina, dedicated to ιε- Ζευς and sun worship, is complemented by the simultaneous "gentilization" of the
All major encyclopedias corroborate, and our books document, that even the earliest Christian Church historians recorded that not just
Easter, but all of today's uniquely Christian holidays, doctrines and practices were adopted into Christianity only several centuries after the death of Capitolina"—dedicated to ιε- Ζευς- and sun-worship (and, by the way, included renaming the land wrested from the Jews, which was already a Roman-occupation, calling it for the first time "Palestine").
The change from
god]day didn't occur with " Easter." In fact, historical records show that the change from god]day didn't occur until the 5th century, centuries after the death of Capitolina built overtop the ruins of
"Do not do like the practice of the land… in which you dwelled, and do not do like the practice of the land… to which I bring you, and do not walk in their traditions. Do My mi•shᵊpât•imꞋ and watchguard My khuq•imꞋ to walk in them." (wa-Yi•qᵊr•âꞋ 18.3).