Re: Calculating the Date of Easter #general

Judith Romney Wegner

At 7:36 PM -0700 10/8/06, Jules Levin wrote:

Up until some church council in the 4th or 5th
century Easter was simply scheduled according
to the Jewish passover. At that point the church
decided it was unseemly for Easter to be
dependent on the *Jews* for its date, so they
worked out an "independent" method of calculating
that just by coincidence brings Easter more or
less in harmony with Passover. Except it doesn't
work during years that have a leap-month in the
Jewish calendar, or something like that
Actually this is not "just by coincidence." Three of the four
gospels state specifically that the Last Supper took place on the
first night of Passover (it was in fact what we call the Seder) and
according to the New Testament that would have been a Wednesday night
in that particular year. The crucifixion took place on the Friday.

So Easter is intentionally calculated to be at that time of year,
specifically in relation to the vernal equinox -- Passover fallsat
the first full moon after the vernal equinox -- and most of the time
Good Friday falls during Passover by no coincidence whatsoever
(though Jules correctly points out that this does not work all the
time because in some years the Jewish leap year system designed to
keep the lunar calendar in synch with the solar seasons throws things
out of kilter).

Judith Romney Wegner

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