Why doesn't Christianity commemorate Christ's death and resurrection after the Jewish Passover?
It's always before.
Because according to the bible, the last supper was a Passover meal, therefore he was crucified during the Jewish Passover Festival.
I do know the formula for Easter, but surely the Christian church should be side by side with the Jewish dates. Did the the early church do this to separate themselves from any association with Judaism and also align themselves with the pagan spring festival to Astoreth, in the process winning Pagans over.
- Anne ArkeyLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Easter evolved into being the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox so that pilgrims traveling to the holy land could travel with the light of the moon for speed and to feel safe from highwaymen.
- Bill BowserLv 57 years ago
The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, and in some years adds a 13th month to get it back in sync with the solar calendar. That makes the date of Passover tend to very widely.
Orthodox Christianity ALWAYS celebrates Easter after Passover. This year, Orthodox Easter doesn't happen until May.
The Catholic Church, and the Protestant churches that broke from it in the West, celebrate Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Usually (but not always) this also places Easter after the Passover.
Historically, the Catholic Church changed how it calculates Easter for a simple and practical purpose: so that people who went on pilgrimages (a Catholic preoccupation) around Easter would have the waxing moon for about 2 weeks prior to Easter to get where they were going, and the waning moon for about 2 weeks after Easter to get home again. In the times before electric lighting, travel by night was especially dangerous, and having the light of the moon to travel by was a matter of personal safety.
Sometimes the Orthodox and Western Christian dates for Easter coincide. Sometimes they are only a week apart. This year is the largest difference in the date that I can remember.Source(s): Preacher's Kid
- Ernest SLv 77 years ago
The individual follower of Christ celebrates and rejoices in His death and resurrection every day but the Pagan, carnal and fleshly Christianity that is apostate and an abomination, appoints once a year.
The whole point of Christ's death and resurrection was to put to death the Old to enable to live spiritually by the Spirit in the New but dead Christianity stubbornly refuses the New and inveterately insists upon the Old.
- MelkhaLv 77 years ago
The Jewish calendar is lunar and the xtian calendar is solar. Passover is for 7 days in Israel and 8 days outside of Israel.
Was Jesus' Last Supper a Passover Seder?
Dr. Michael J. Cook
Ask virtually anyone: "Was Jesus' Last Supper a Passover seder?" and the response is likely to be "Of course!"seder plate 2
Yet, Jesus could not have known what a "seder" was, let alone have modeled his Last Supper after one. The elements of even the primitive seder originated decades after he died.
The Gospels date Jesus' ministry to the period of Pontius Pilate, Roman prefect of Judea from 26 C.E. to early 37 C.E. Jesus' year of death is unknown; scholars settle on between 30 and 33 C.E.
At that time, the core element of Passover observance had been Jerusalem's sacrificial cult, from 621 B.C.E. (when the biblical mandate first appeared) up until 70 C.E. (the destruction of the Second Temple). Jewish families brought paschal (Passover) lambs for sacrifice on the Temple altar as biblically prescribed: "Thou shalt sacrifice the Passover offering...in the place which the Lord shall...cause His name to dwell [Jerusalem's Temple]" (Deuteronomy 16:2, 5-6); and the practice of King Josiah: "In the eighteenth year of King Josiah [621 B.C.E.] was this Passover kept...in Jerusalem" (Second Kings 23:21-23). For the ceremony, the kohanim (priests) conducted the sacrificial rite. Then families retrieved and consumed their meat as the main part of their Passover meal, which also included unleavened bread and bitter herbs (recalling the Hebrews' enslavement in Egypt). Passover meals Jesus experienced in his lifetime would have had to be along these Temple-centered lines.
Then, in 70 C.E., approximately 40 years after Jesus' death, Rome destroyed the Second Jerusalem Temple, thus ending the required central component of Passover observance, as sacrifice of paschal lambs by the Temple priests was no longer possible. Instead, the early rabbis eventually introduced an inchoate, rudimentary practice that over the ensuing decades evolved into a new way of observing Passover. Thi s would become known as a "seder," Hebrew for "order," because the ceremony followed a set sequence of liturgical recitations and ritual foods narrating the Passover saga, ultimately to be governed by an instructional guide called the haggadah. In our oldest reference, the early third century rabbinic compendium, the Mishnah, we read that Gamaliel II, the greatest rabbi of the post-destruction era (likely during the late 80s C.E.), customarily said: "Whoever does not mention [expatiate upon] these three things on Passover does not discharge one's duty...: the Passover offering [lamb], unleavened bread, and bitter herbs" (Pesahim 10:5). Thus the core Temple-centered observance mutated from sacrificing lambs into drawing upon Passover motifs to retell the Hebrews' escape from Egypt.
Centuries of further embellishment and refinement produced the full-fledged, mature seders we know today-the kind that many modern churches adopt and adapt in "reenacting" the Last Supper even though no such seder could have been practiced during Jesus' day.
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- Eclipse-girlLv 77 years ago
Easter is the first sunday, after the first full moon, after the spring equinox
Passover is based totally on a lunar calendar.
- 7 years ago
We should be celebrating the ressurection of our LORD on the "Feast of Firstfruits".
Christ was the passover lamb. Died, and was risen on the "Feast of the First fruits", and is referred to as the "Firstfruits of the grave" in scripture" (iCor.15:20)Source(s): http://antiochbiblesociety.org/
- 7 years ago
according to reality jewish people have a lot nowdays. wtf do they want more?