The Tuesday Morning Quarterback? I never knew.

Posted: April 23, 2008 in God, History

Saw this in the latest Draft Mockery by the Tuesday Morning Quarterback.  Pretty cool.

An Ecumenical Proposal: Easter fell unusually early this year, on March 23 — it will not fall on that date again until 2160 — while Passover is in progress now. Why doesn’t Easter come immediately after Passover? That is, after all, what happens in the Bible. Passover begins on the 15th day of Nisan under the ancient Hebrew calendar; the Easter date is determined by a complex formula involving the vernal equinox and the paschal full moon. Both dates are arbitrary in the sense that no one knows which day the historic Passover or resurrection occurred. When Jesus walked the Earth, Passover commenced on the 15th day of Nisan, just as today. The complicated formula for scheduling Easter was invented during the Middle Ages, when the Church of Rome was hostile to Judaism and wanted to avoid reminding parishioners of the Passover-Easter relationship.

 So here is my ecumenical proposal: Junk the Easter dating formula and have Easter immediately follow Passover. This corresponds to what happened in biblical times: Scholars debate whether the Last Supper was a seder, but the Gospels do clearly state that Jesus had come to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Having Easter follow Passover would be historically authentic, and remind us of the closeness of the Jewish and Christian faiths — a subject many Christians go to great lengths to avoid. Last week, Pope Benedict XVI visited a New York synagogue and declared his desire for more Jewish-Christian ecumenical unity. Having Easter follow Passover would be a great start, and entail nothing more than discarding a bunch of Middle Ages mumbo-jumbo about dating.

  1. Greg says:

    And what does this have to do with quarterbacks and mock drafts???

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