Easter and Passover – Similarities and Differences

Easter and Passover – Similarities and Differences (Originally published in the Classical Astronomy Update in 2008) As we saw in the last Update, the Christian observance of Easter was originally based on the Jewish Passover, and developed its own cultural distinctives over the centuries. This current month provides evidence of this divergence. April, 2008 roughly corresponds with the month of … Continue reading

The Paschal Moon

The Paschal Moon (Originally published in the Classical Astronomy Update in 2005) Mel Gibson’s stunning motion picture, “The Passion of The Christ,” opens with a dramatic closeup view of the Full Moon. From there, we see Jesus and His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the subsequent events from the Gospels are shown set against the pale brightness of … Continue reading

Is Easter Pagan? (“Pagan Influences?” Series)

Is Easter Pagan? (“Pagan Influences?” Series) (Originally published in the Classical Astronomy Update, Thursday, March 20, 2008) The feast of LORD’s resurrection, commonly known by the name Easter in the English language, is one of the most ancient observances in Christianity. Most Christians today keep this traditional Sunday holiday as a special day unto the LORD. However, in recent years, … Continue reading

The Astronomy of Easter

The Astronomy of Easter (Originally published in the Classical Astronomy Update in 2003) He is not here: for He is risen! – Matthew 28:6 Every Christian knows that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem at the time of the Passover, and in this way became the perfect Passover sacrifice, “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” … Continue reading


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Venus, Mars and the Moon

VENUS, MARS AND THE MOON: Look outside this evening to see the dazzling bright “star” VENUS shining in the evening sky. Notice the fainter, yellowish “star” nearby. This is the planet MARS. You’ll easily find these planets on the evening of Tuesday, January 31 when they are joined by the four-day-old waxing crescent Moon. These three bodies will make a … Continue reading