Monday, 9 September 2013

Bible Stories with a generous helping of Easter

09:00:00 Posted by Colin Davies , , , , , , , , , 1 comment
This week’s theme is “The Bible.” Now I am pretty certain there will be lots of argument regarding what is considered to either be the truth or fabrication. Whether stories should be seen as figurative or literal testimony.

I have my own views on the book, and before anyone wishes to cast doubt on my opinions, I have read it a number of times, as well as many supplement texts for various projects I have worked on over the years.

It is important to remember that there are two Bibles. One which deals with events that surround a life book ended by the birth and death of Jesus. The other regarding tales of the world before the son of a carpenter walk this green and pleasant land.

It is the New Testament that I find myself interested in here on this blog. In particular the death and resurrection of the Nazarene. The birth of Jesus is set in stone as the 25th of December, Christmas. His death and rise on the other hand float around.

Easter is defined as the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after March 21. Which relates back to what is referred to as Pagan times.

There is a somewhat complex formula that can be used to calculate the Easter Sunday of any given year. So if you need to know when the first bank holiday will be after New Years Day in 2018, this piece of mathematics can tell you.

The easiest way to calculate all Easter Sundays is to use an Easter calculator like this one:

I have tested it and it seems to work very well. I conduced these experiments by using the years of Easters gone and checking the results against said calendar. This got me thinking.

Could I find out the date of the very first Easter Sunday? Could I determine the actual date Jesus arose from death and ascended to heaven?

A quick look on the internet, and a trawl through my own memory tells me that Christ was 33 when he succumbed to human mortality on the cross of the Romans. So, if you work on the basis that 0 (zero) AD is the year of birth then by this we can assume that 33AD would be the first Easter.

So by entering the year 33AD into the Easter Calculator we can find out the exact day of the first Easter Sunday according to the Gregorian calendar. This is important because the version of the Bible most recognised regions use is the King James Bible. The first popular English translation which was published in 1611. The Gregorian calendar is a reform of the Julian calendar. In 1582 it was seen as important to change the calendar to bring into line the celebration of Easter so that it was compliant with the time of year agreed upon by the Council of Nicaea in 325AD.

The outcome of typing in 33AD in to the Easter Calculator is the 3rd of April. Interesting, because if the first Easter Sunday, the day of the resurrection is the 3rd then that means the first Good Friday, the day of the actual Crucifixion would be the 1st of April, the day of fools.

Make of this what you will.

The Bible
Book the first
And God is vengeful
Feel his Wrath
Watch the shebear do his bidding
Bald old priest
Man of cloth used the Lords name so hateful

Jehovah the gambler
Bet the life of Jobe
Just to prove he won’t denounce you
To your first favourite
Who fell from grace
And no longer wished to live to your code

Father the deceiver
That denied the truth naked
Of your own creation
Until the woman, hungry for knowledge
Ate the apple
And opened their eyes so belated

Book the Second
And God in Loving
Forgiving those who hath sinned
Because of the word of his son
The carpenters apprentice speaks
And the almighty, now dad, becomes caring



Ashley R Lister said...

This could be a basis for the start of cosmic joke theory.

Great post,