Easter and Passover
The spring holidays of Passover and Easter have been intertwined since the earliest periods of Christianity. Each represents the defining event of Judaism and Christianity, respectively: the Exodus from Egypt and the resurrection of Jesus. This course discusses the biblical origins of the two holidays; how Easter grew out of Passover; and how the holidays have changed over the centuries, from the ritual practices to the liturgies and even to the dates on which they are celebrated.
Week 1: Old Testament Origins
Week 2: "Passover" in the New Testament
Week 3: The Evolution of Passover
Week 4: The Beginnings of Easter