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Easter
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1. Concept and subject

The Christian festival of Easter commemorates the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important and the oldest festival of Christendom, and the key one in terms of the constitution of the faith. Its origins are entwined with the Jewish Passover or Pesach, an annual festival week: firstly in historical terms, for according to the New Testament the events of Easter took p…

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Noller, Matthias and Stichler, Thomas, “Easter”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031093>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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