Easter egg hunt – Finding Easter in the bible?
As most Christians know, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
But why do we commonly call this religious festival “Easter”?
After all, the word “Easter” is generally not mentioned in the Bible and seems to have no connection to Jesus, his resurrection or any religious affiliation for that matter.
The exact origin of the word “Easter” is not known for certain, but over time various theories and hypotheses have been developed to find an explanation.
One of these theories falls right into our area of expertise: translation.
According to this recently developed theory, the origin of the word “Easter” is actually a mistranslation of the Latin term “hebdomada alba” (Eng: white week), which is the Latin name for the Christian Easter week. The word “alba” is Latin both for “white” and “dawn” and herein lies the crux of the matter. When translating the Bible into Old High German the scholars mistranslated the Latin word “alba” as “ostarun” (Old high German for “dawn”) instead of the plural for “white”. Over time “Ostraun” became the new German word “Ostern” and the English word “Easter”.
Whether you call it Easter, Resurrection Sunday or Pascha, tsd wishes everybody happy holidays!