Passover and Easter: Origin and History to Modern Times

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Passover and Easter constitute for Jews and Christians respectively the most important festivals of the year. Although sharing a common root, the feasts have developed in quite distinct ways in the two traditions, in part independently of one another and in part in reaction against the other. A group of distinguished Jewish and Christian scholars explores the history of the two celebrations, paying particular attention to similarities and connections between them as well as to differences and contrasts. They not only present a convenient summary of current historical thought but also open up new perspectives on the evolution of these annual observances. Passover and Easter: Origin and History to Modern Times, focuses especially on the origins and early development of the feasts and on the ways that established practices have changed in recent years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268038595
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Two Liturgical Traditions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Overviews
Easter in Christian Tradition 1
The Passover Meal in Jewish Tradition 8
Pt. 1 Origins in Antiquity
Meal Customs in the Greco-Roman World 29
Towards a History of the Paschal Meal 62
The Origins of Easter 81
Easter and Passover As Early Jewish-Christian Dialogue 98
Pt. 2 Medieval Developments
Passover in the Middle Ages 127
Holy Week and Easter in the Middle Ages 161
Pt. 3 Modern Transformations
The Modern Transformation of the Ancient Passover Haggadah 189
Revising Holy Week and Easter Rites 214
Contributors 237
Index 239
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