Passover and Easter: The Symbolic Structuring of Sacred Seasons

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Passover and Easter constitute for Jews and Christians respectively the most important festivals of the year. 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: The Symbolic ...
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Overview

Passover and Easter constitute for Jews and Christians respectively the most important festivals of the year. 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: The Symbolic Structuring of Sacred Seasons, focuses on the contexts in which they occur - the periods of preparation for the feasts in the respective calendars and their connection to Shavuot/Pentecost - as well as to their traditional expression in art and music. At the same time, the essays raise some fundamental questions about the future. Have modern human beings so lost the sense of sacred time in their lives, for instance, that these great feasts can never again be what they once were for former generations of believers? And what about recent attempts by some Christians to enter into their heritage by celebrating a Jewish Seder as part of their annual Holy Week and Easter services?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268038601
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Two Liturgical Traditions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: Passover and Easter: The Symbolic Shaping of Time and Meaning 1
Pt. 1 Preparing for Sacred Time: History and Typology in Great Sabbath and Lent
The Great Sabbath and Lent: Jewish Origins? 15
Preparation for Pascha? Lent in Christian Antiquity 36
Lent in Perspective: A Summary Dialogue 55
Pt. 2 The Aftermath of Sacred Time: From Passover/Easter to Shavuot/Pentecost
From Passover to Shavuot 71
From Easter to Pentecost 94
Pt. 3 Symbols and the Arts in Sacred Celebration
A Symbol of Salvation in the Passover Seder 109
Haggadah Art 132
Passiontide Music 146
Pt. 4 A Symbolic Modern Dilemma
Should Christians Celebrate the Passover? 183
Contributors 207
Index 209
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