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CHURCH NEWS: QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What is significant about the word "Easter" in Acts 12:4?

(Answer on page 10)

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(From page 2)

In recording the martyrdom of James and the arrest of Peter, the author of Acts 12:4 states: "And when he

HerodT had apprehended him

PeterT, he put him in prison, . . . intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people."

This is the Bible's only mention of Easter. Even then, the more correct word would have been passover. "The word Easter is from Eastre, a Norse goddess whose pagan festival was observed at the spring equinox. The association of this pagan goddess with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ was only by adaptation and synthesis. There is no real connection. Jesus, being the Lamb of God, was crucified at passover time and is the true Passover. (See 1 Cor. 5:7.) He was raised from the grave on the third day thereafter. It thus became a springtime anniversary, and has come to be called Easter in the Christian world."

Source: Dictionary, 1979 LDS edition King James Bible, p. 659.