Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Richard Hays, and Linda Loving — Passover and Easter
April 8, 2004

In the coinciding seasons of Passover and Easter, two world religions celebrate their core stories in ritual and worship. Each of these sacred holidays is based on a key biblical story of suffering and deliverance.

The Christian Holy Week commemorates the death of Jesus leading to the Easter celebration of resurrection. In eight days of Passover, Jews remember and reenact the exodus story.

What can ancient narratives of violence and miracle have to say to contemporary audiences? Host Krista Tippett explores faithful ways of living with these stories and giving them modern sense with featured readings from the Bible, words of a 14th century mystic, and poetry from Wendell Berry.

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Selected Readings

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Read the complete poem "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" contained in the 1973 collection The Country of Marriage.

Exodus 20:1-23

Read the full passage containing the ten commandments given to Moses (taken from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures that was mentioned during the program.

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About the Image

"Sunrise over Mount Sinai" — After the Easter service at St Catherine's Monastery, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, there is a mass pilgrimage up the mountain where Moses is believed to have received the Ten Commandments. The service finishes about two in the morning.
(Photo by Thom Chandler/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

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is an author and rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis.

is George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke University Divinity School.

Linda Loving

is senior pastor at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.