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Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Cláudia Andréa Prata Ferreira é Professora Doutora - Categoria: Associado III - do Setor de Língua e Literatura Hebraicas do Departamento de Letras Orientais e Eslavas da Faculdade de Letras da UFRJ.

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quarta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2009

The Jewish Pesach and the Origins of the Christian Easter: Open Questions in Current Research

The Jewish Pesach and the Origins of the Christian Easter: Open Questions in Current Research

Leonhard, Clemens

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2006 pp. xii + 507.

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Studia Judaica, 35

Description: The study assesses the main issues in the current debate about the early history of Pesach and Easter and provides new insights into the development of these two festivals. The author argues that the prescriptions of Exodus 12 provide the celebration of the Pesach in Jerusalem with an etiological background in order to connect the pilgrim festival with the story of the Exodus. The thesis that the Christian Easter evolved as a festival against a Jewish form of celebrating Pesach in the second century and that the development of Easter Sunday is dependent upon this custom is endorsed by the author's close study of relevant texts such as the Haggada of Pesach; the "Poem of the four nights" in the Palestinian Targum Tradition; the structure of the Easter vigil.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism


Review by Jeffrey L. Morrow

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Published 1/17/2009Citation: Jeffrey L. Morrow, review of Clemens Leonhard, The Jewish Pesach and the Origins of the Christian Easter: Open Questions in Current Research, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).



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