Easter: The Facts

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It is the time of the year when the bears turn to Cadbury’s to provide them with a crème egg to celebrate Easter. Many more people will turn to chocolate eggs and bunny rabbits as the Christian world celebrates. While many will be at least vaguely familiar with the story of Easter, its relation to eating mountains of oval-shaped chocolate treats is less clear. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion – Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose again three days later. The Mesopotamians – an ancient Christian community living in an area roughly covered today by Iraq, Syria and Kuwait – used to stain eggs red to symbolise the blood of Christ. Eggs would then be cracked open against one another, leaving just empty shells; a symbol of the empty tomb Jesus left behind. The tradition survives today in the shape of egg rolling, representing the rolling away of the rock from Jesus’ tomb.

What Became Of The 12 Apostles?

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After the last supper Jesus was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver, Peter denied knowing Him three times, and Thomas doubted Jesus had risen from the dead after the crucifixion. The Easter story tells us what happened to Jesus but what happened to his so called friends? What happened to his disciples, who became the 12 Apostles? Very little is known about their lives after the crucifixion but now writer Tom Bissell, who has spent four years travelling the world, has unearthed the stories, myths and legend about their later lives. He found a melting pot of historical fact and religious fiction making for very colourful tales…