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March 30, 2013

Letter: Linking Passover, the crucifixion and Easter

To the editor:

With Passover and Easter upon us, I wonder why the proclaimed Christian community discards Passover in favor of the historically pagan celebration honoring the Roman goddess Astarte: Transliterated Eastre, or as called today, Easter.

The altar for worship of this pagan goddess, originally called Asheroth, is a pole or tree — which is why, in the Jewish faith, anyone hung on a tree is cursed. Now in the Christian faith, Jesus of Nazareth, a Jew by birth, was crucified under Roman decree, and hung on a cross, or according to some scholars, a tree. That’s the ultimate humiliation: Jesus of Nazareth the Christ; sacrificed naked on the altar of a Roman goddess!

Yet I also wonder why all of Christianity suggests that Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, didn’t tell the truth regarding his own death and crucifixion.

What, you say?

Well, the recorded words of Jesus, state: “I will be in the belly of the earth, three days and three nights “as Jonah, was in the belly of the great fish; three days and three nights. (Matt 12:40),” Yet this Biblical truth is ignored in our modern secular world.

Now, I know there are scholarly differences to the time line recorded in the gospels.

However, there is a time line, that even the most casual reader of the Bible gospels, cannot deny, or change. Jesus said: “Three days and nights buried.”

So let us follow the gospel time line, remembering the Jewish day began at sunset, backwards from the Resurrection, before it was light on the first day of the week, Sunday – making Saturday night, night one. That means Saturday is day one, Friday night is night two and Friday is day two, Thursday night, night three and Thursday, from before Sunset, when the Jewish day of Preparation Friday, began, day three.

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