Originally coincided with Passover… In fact the word ‘Easter’ is new, and mostly English. In most of the world and most of history it is variation of word Passover. Passover can begin any day of the week. Big fight in early church, those who insisted resurrection be celebrated strictly by Passover (so could be any day of week) and those who insisted it must be celebrated on Sunday. Sunday folk eventually quashed the Quartodecimans, but then Eastern and Western Christians divided. Eastern Christians always celebrate the Sunday after Passover while the West didn’t want to look too Jewish and Hippolytus invented a new system to move it around based on the Roman calendar instead.
May 12, 2016