Easter Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday 2024.

Palm Sunday Mar. 24th,  Maudy Thursday Mar. 28th, Good Friday Mar. 29th, Easter Sunday Mar. 31st.

Easter Sunday celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, which is one of the main articles of the Christian faith.[44]

Many scholars believe Jesus died between 30 A.D. and 33 A.D. The New Testament was written after Jesus’s death sometime between 70 A.D. and 100 A.D, and provide accounts of the life and death of Jesus. the first four books—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—are known as the “Gospels,” which means “good news.”

Brief Timeline of the Christian “Holy Week” from a historic point of view.

OnPalm Sunday The day when Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish Rabbi came to Jerusalem with his disciples to celebrate the Jewish holiday of “Pessach” [Passover] many of his followers greeted him waving Palm branches. Today, many Christian people make crosses with palm leaves and keep them above the entry door of their homes.

OnHoly MondayJesus went to the temple expecting to preach to a large crowd and instead, he found vendors who changed the Roman and Greek money into Jewish currency, others selling lambs, oxen and doves to sacrifice for Passover, and he became enraged. Jesus accused the temple authorities by quoting:

 Isaiah 56:7 ” My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. “Jeremiah 7:11” But you have made it into a house of robbers.

This comment infuriated Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest of the temple, who became afraid that Jesus’s followeres will create a riot which was not good for business, and then he decided to remove Jesus.

On “Holy Tuesday”  religious leaders upset at Jesus set out to arrest him, but there was so many people for the Passover, the soldiers did not know how he looked like, and could not find him. 

On Holy Wednesday Jesus was in Bethany and  resurrected Lazarus after being in a tomb for four days.

On “Holy Thursday Jesus and his disciples celebrated “Passover” a.k.a. “The Last Supper” [Maundy Thursday] later Jesus went to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane, where he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, arrested and taken to Caiaphas who wanted Jesus to say he was the Messiah, the “Son of God”, and have him accused of blasphemy, but, when the Sanhedrin did not convict him, Caiaphas sent Jesus to Pontious Pilate to be judged as a political rebel to the Roman authority. Then Jesus was arrested, judged, and sentenced without due process as any other “colonial” person arrested. 

On “Holy Friday”  Jesus is then crucified on top of the “Golgotha” [a site immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls]
That night, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus to a cave tomb.
on Holy Saturday which was the Sabbath, it was  guarded by Roman soldiers throughout the day . When the Sabbath ended at 6 p.m., Jesus’ body was treated for burial with spices purchased by Nicodemus: In the meantime, Mary and Mary Magdalene, sat outside the tomb and kept vigil.
on Easter Sunday Joanna, Salome, and Mary the mother of James went to the tomb and discovered that the large stone covering the entrance had been rolled away. women found the tomb empty, and were told by angels that Jesus had risen! according to the Gospel of Matthew 28:5-6

Why is it called “Easter” ?

In the early days of Christianity, people still celebrated Holy Week during Passover, as Passover is an integral part of Easter Week a.k.a. “Maundy Thursday”. The most of the countries in the world still refers to Easter as the hebrew word for Passover: i.e. ‘Pesach’. Danish: Påske, French: Pâques, Italian: Pasqua, Norwegian: Påske, Portuguese: Páscoa, Romanian: Pasti, Russian: Пасха (Paskha), Spanish: Pascua, Swedish: Påsk, Welsh: Pasg. 

In U.S.A, we celebrate “Easter” using the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring,  as a time of renewal, and fertility. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century.

That is why eggs, rabbits, chicks, and baby animals, have become an important symbol of the “Resurrection of Christ” to this day all over the world.

I believe it is important to understand this events within the context of historical and archeological views. I hope you read more about the historic Jesus, his time, and understand his teachings better.

I highly recommend you read “The Genuine Jesus” by Paul L. Maier The Biblical World” by Prof. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, a National Geographic Historian and Award winning film making and best selling author, and Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews.There are some events that happened before the Holy Week that I believe everyone need to know

Books on Historical Jesus that you might like to read or gift.

Children Books about Easter you might like to read or gift

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