Recovering The Word Pascha

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

More than a language lesson, this article challenges us to understand Easter in light of the rich Old Testament imagery of the Passover.

English is the unfortunate inheritor of the word Easter, a word that lacks the power and significance of the more accurate Pascha. Greek and Latin transmitted the Hebrew word pascha (passover), and so have other European languages (French: paques; Spanish: pascua; Dutch: pasen; Scottish: pask). In every case we can still hear the Old Testament meaning of...


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