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I Believe in Easter

Learn how the church adapted and transformed pagan tradition into the celebration of the Resurrection. See how culture, emperors, apostles and popes have influenced how we celebrate Easter today.

  • Item 501608D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 50 min

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Easter - It is a word with origins in pagan tradition and yet it has come to embody the oldest and most important festival in Christianity. Discover the origins of Easter in this thoroughly researched and emotionally charged docu-drama. Trace the history of Easter to ancient Egypt where the story finds its roots in the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery and learn how Passover symbolism in intricately woven into the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ - The Lamb of God.


Learn how the church adapted and transformed pagan tradition into the celebration of the Resurrection. See how culture, emperors, apostles and popes have influenced how we celebrate Easter today.

The program features new powerfully dramatized scenes from the gospels, along with documentary footage shot in the Holy Land and at the Vatican, plus insightful commentary from church scholars and historians.

Widescreen. Optional English subtitles

Editorial Reviews

Filmmaker Gary Wilkinson's engaging documentary offers an informative look at the long historical and religious roots of the Easter holiday. The first part explores various links between pre-Christian (i.e., pagan) rituals celebrating the coming of spring and fertility, even connecting ancient myths about rabbits and birds with our contemporary Easter practices of dyeing eggs and buying chocolate bunnies. But Easter is also inseparable from the Jewish rite of Passover, and I Believe in Easter illuminates how the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament is a variation on the Passover theme. Just as Passover involved the sacrifice of a lamb and spilling of its blood to ward off death, so the bloody killing of Christ was intended, in Christian terms, to release humanity from the finality of death. By extension, the eating of bread and drinking of wine—which Christ associates with being filled with the Holy Spirit—grows out of the practice of consuming the slaughtered lamb. Detailing the rest of Christ's story (i.e., the Lamb of God's return from the dead) while also examining other historic beliefs that were predominant in Israel, this is recommended.

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