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Easter
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The origin of the English word “Easter” is uncertain. In the eighth century the Venerable Bede (ca. 673–735) proposed that it derived from Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. Modern English-language dictionaries suggest that it comes ultimately from a Germanic stem meaning “east.”

In Romance and other languages, the word for Easter (e.g., Fr. Pâques; Sp. Pascua; Russ. Paskhar) comes from the Heb. pesaḥ through the Gk. pascha. Recent liturgical usage has em…

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Holtz, Traugott, Senn, Frank C. and Schnitker, Thaddeus A., “Easter”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E13>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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