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This weekend marks what most Christians celebrate as their first or second most important holiday. Easter is here, along with its new dresses for the girls and perhaps a new shirt for the boys. Of course dad, mom, grandma, and grandpa might be sporting a new item of wearing apparel for themselves which, coincidently, could be first seen at church on Sunday.

Christmas is, of course, that other first or second most celebrated Christian holiday.

Yes, both days do mark very important historical and religious events; the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, Yeshua, if you will (we’ll get back to that pronunciation).

But could there be more to these historical and religious stories? Perhaps something we missed while searching for Ishtar eggs, correction, Easter eggs through the years?

We found many of the eggs, but could we have missed discovering something much more important than those nutritious and beautifully decorated boiled hen eggs or the later-introduced and delicious candy eggs?

The Freudian-slip reference to Ishtar might be pertinent to our Easter celebrations. What about this Babylonian High-Mother-Goddess? Could the fact she was known as the goddess of fertility, love, and war, especially the fertility part have any connection to our Easter celebrations? Easter – Ishtar…

Though the candy eggs have never yet been known to reproduce anything, other than too much immediate energy to the schoolyard egg hunter…and too much fat to the adult sneaking snacks from the young hunter’s sack or basket, the hen eggs, before boiling, reproduced those adorable little yellow baby chicks, later to be seen in nearly all the colors of the rainbow.

Some people, even scholars, say there might well be a little connection of some sort between this most high fertility goddess of old Babylon and what has become much in our Easter celebrations, with all the eggs and rabbits (also know for a lot more rabbits).

I’m not saying serious Christians observing the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ have purposely brought in a fertility goddess to their worship, but might not it have been purposely sneaked into our children’s innocent play over the years? Doesn’t the Deceiver use such in his devious ways?

Something to think about, perhaps study, when considering the why’s behind our doings.

Now, as to the Yeshua name of Jesus; interestingly, the first letter in the name of Yeshua is the yod. Yod represents the "Y" sound in Hebrew.

Many Biblical names beginning with the yod are mispronounced by English speakers because the yod in those names was transliterated in English Bibles with the letter "J" rather than "Y". This came about because in early English, the letter "J" was pronounced the way we pronounce "Y" today.

All proper names in the Old Testament were transliterated into English according to their Hebrew pronunciation, but when English pronunciation shifted to what we know today, these transliterations were not altered. Thus, such Hebrew place-names, such as ye-ru-sha-LA-yem, ye-ri-HO, and yar-DEN have become known to us as Jerusalem, Jericho, and Jordan. Hebrew personal names, such as yo-NA, yi-SHAI, and ye-SHU-a, have become known to us as Jonah, Jesse, and Jesus.

Something else to think about, perhaps study when considering the whys behind how Yeshua became Jesus, if you ever go there…

Happy Easter and Happy Passover; May Jesus…may Yeshua bless.


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