From Easter to Ostara: the Reinvention of a Pagan Goddess?

  title={From Easter to Ostara: the Reinvention of a Pagan Goddess?},
  author={R. Sermon},
  journal={Time and Mind},
  pages={331 - 343}
Abstract In most European languages the Christian festival of the Resurrection has a name derived from the Hebrew word Pesach for the Jewish Passover, when Jesus was said to have been crucified. However, in English and German the festival goes by a very different name: Easter and Ostern. This was first explained in AD 725 by the Northumbrian monk Bede, who wrote that Easter takes its name from an Anglo-Saxon goddess called Eostre. In 1835, Jacob Grimm proposed that the German equivalent Ostern… Expand


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