Website Problems. Website Use. Contents 1 Acts in Greek and English 2 Easter is not a pagan word 2. Acts in Greek and English. King James Version: "And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. English Standard Version: "And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.
Easter is not a pagan word. Myth 1: the KJV translators used "Easter" to refer to a pagan festival The first myth to refute is the claim that the KJV uses "Easter" at Acts to refer to a pagan holiday celebrated by king Herod. Yet s uch a myth defies what the KJV translators believed and practiced. Included in the edition of the KJV is a chart for finding the day of Easter in a given year. If t he KJV translators considered Easter to be a Christian holiday, it is doubtful that they used it to mean a pagan holiday at Acts Myth 2: "Easter" comes from the goddess named "Ishtar" or "Astarte" Those who propagate myth 1 typically identify Herod's pagan holiday as that of the Semitic goddess, Ishtar or Astarte.
This false connection between "Easter" and these names of a Semitic goddess can be traced to the work of the Scottish minister Alexander Hislop. However, Hislop erred when it came to statements about the etymological relationship between Easter and the ancient idols, Ishtar or Astarte. At page of his book, he writes:. What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country.
That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. Sure enough, "Ishtar" a form of "Astarte" may sound similar to "Easter", but the two words are not etymologically related. Hence, the name "Astarte" or "Ishtar" is a Semitic word related to animal fertility. This makes sense because Astarte was regarded as a goddess of fertility. The etymology of "Easter" on the other hand has nothing to do with "flocks" or animal fertility. Today, "east" refers to the direction from which the sun rises.
The direction of east goes by that name because the Saxon word "east" meant "dawn", "sunrise" or "morning". The etymology of "east" is as follows:. The Venerable Bede claimed that the word "Eostre" came from the name of a Saxon spring fertility goddess who went by that name. The Saxons borrowed the name for April from Old Germanic. It is clear that by the time of the Saxons, some of the months had been named with religious overtones e.
Yule, Rheda, Blood sacrifice. What is c ommon ly seen among cultures is that some words referring to natural phenomena become personified as pagan deities. Deuteronomy Jer emiah Anoth er example is the name of the Roman goddess Aurora, which is the L atin word for "dawn". The Latin word "aurora" just means "dawn" if it is used in an ordinary sense. If a Christian goes on an "Aurora Borealis Tour" , he is by no means participating in a pagan activity but is rather simply en joying a magnificent "dawn-like" natural phenomenon in the arctic regions.
Those who hold this myth make it sound as if there was once a goddess with a certain name and Saxon Christian simply took that name arbitrarily without any biblical basis. If, for example, the pagans worshiped a goddess by the name of "Sally" and Christians today refer to the day of the Lords resurrection as "Sally", then surely we have a problem. But that is not the case for Saxon Christians using "Ea ster" as the name of the day of the Lord's resurrection. As "easter" was a descriptive word that referred to the dawn or sunrise, we can understand why both pagans and Christians wished to use the word "east" for their respective purposes.
P agans wished to worship a goddess of sunrise so they called her "Eostre". Christians on the other hand wished to celebrate a very special dawn, so they called the day "Easter". Despite any explanation that "Easter" is derived from a generic Saxon word for "dawn" that is n ot pagan in and of itself as with the Proto-Germanic austra and the Old Frisian aster , the mere possibility that a goddess went by the name of "Eostre" appears to scare some Christians into avoiding the wor d " Easter".
These Christians need to realize that pagans should not be given mon o poly over valid words in the English l exicon. I f today it is discovered that a p agan sect calls its goddess by the name " Dawn ", would these Christians abandon the word " dawn " from their e veryday usage? No, that would be silly and it would amount to surrendering a perfectly biblical name to pagans.
These Christians may have deliberately taken a word that was popular among pagans in order to reclaim the proper use of the word. Jake, Zoe, Jason, Dani, and the rest of their group have settled in to life on the farm in California. They have helped to start neighboring farms and the group of homesteads has come to be known as Hope Valley. They are near their childhood home town now known as New Bodega where they can go to trade. Each day they learn more of how to not only survive but to flourish on the farm without the everyday things we all take for granted in our lives.
Did they actually let their guard down or was it inevitable that danger would once again threaten them? The rest of the group goes into rescue mode as they try to figure out what actually happened. In a world when super powers are the norm, this is not an easy task.
But they are determined to bring back their missing family member whether alive or not. The rescue team finds their own danger as they are ripped apart and forced to rescue one of their own. And once again, I am so glad I read the prequels first as an evil character from the past re-emerges on his own quest for power. This book takes us from the farm to Sacramento and back to the Colony in Colorado Springs. Our group experiences love, loss and the addition of new members to their family. Through it all the bonds of love they have formed are strong and hold them together.
Will this group I have grown to love finally find the peace they have longed for on their farm. Is there hope for some semblance of a safe and happy life in this new world they are now in? Will they ever be out from under the danger from the General? There is so much they have been through. What must they still endure? But they also prove that love and laughter is still possible. And that if they never give up hope, that just maybe, each new dawn could bring them closer to a safe and happy life in this new reality they are forced to call their norm.
View all 26 comments. Nov 15, Dianne rated it it was amazing Shelves: action-and-adventure , post-apocalyptic , great-dialogue , grab-the-kleenex , author-requested-review , own , well-developed-characters. The Virus. This is another episode in the fight to survive, to live and to re-build a world nearly drained of its very soul, the greatest battle is coming and one vision tells them it will be here, Before the Dawn. Prepare yourselves for the final showdo The Virus. Prepare yourselves for the final showdown between good and evil, as Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh join creative forces once again in book four of The Ending Series, Before the Dawn.
Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh are a writing team that shares the same love for their work and it shows as they pull out all the stops in this gut-clenching tale! Sometimes, I wanted to cry, I feared the unknown along with the characters and I rejoiced at reunions that held powerful emotional strings. Follow along as this group becomes the David to the Goliath of evil steamrolling their way as they combine all of their powers to make what could be their last stand!
Fairleigh and Ms. These authors can write, they know how to give life to their pages and draw each reader in, fully and completely! If an author can have me re-thinking events as if they truly happened while sorting out my emotions, they have mastered their craft and done it well! And just revenge? They nailed that one perfectly! Simply breathtaking! Start to finish, constant action, and constant turmoil haunt the survivors, their ragtag family and the world around them. Heroes will die as unlikely heroes rise up against the vile megalomaniac and his inhuman army on the march.
Zoe and Dani will undergo their own metamorphoses into strong and powerful leaders in their own right as they live through more pain and doubt, more losses and more heartwarming gains. Love is renewed, families find joy in the middle of sorrow and the group becomes as one cohesive body. Will sins of the past be forgiven?
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May 24, Anita Boakes rated it it was amazing. Jan 12, Jenni Lind rated it it was amazing Shelves: apocalyptic , dystopian , post-apocalyptic , sci-fi , new-adult , society-destruction , ya. This entire series and accompanying novellas is something I stumbled across in January and have happily devoured. While the entire series is amazing I think this final book is just perfect. Without spoilers, this book has so much going on but manages to stay on a clear overall line and give you the best parts of each character that you've grown to love or love to hate throughou Before the Dawn by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue is the fourth and final full novel in The Ending series.
Without spoilers, this book has so much going on but manages to stay on a clear overall line and give you the best parts of each character that you've grown to love or love to hate throughout all of the prior books and manages to end the series in a way that wants you to know more but are content with how things have ended in the series. Aug 21, C rated it it was amazing. Where to begin? I don't want to write this review because it means that the Ending Series has come to an end. I have followed this series and have fallen in love with each and every character.
This was probably the best book in the series - hands down. We finally learn so much more and questions are answered. I am beyond happy with how this book ended. Am I pissed it ended, hell yes! I wish it could go on forever. However, like all good things, it must come to an end.
I felt sad for the ones that w Where to begin? I felt sad for the ones that were lost and beyond excited for the lives of the ones who are still around. Dani kicked ass in her little spitfire way, while Zoe continued to be a strong, independent badass. I fell more in love with Jason and Jake. We come full circle for a certain mother and finally learn the truth behind certain actions. Okay, I'm rambling now because I haven't come to terms with the fact it's over.
I'll sum it up in a few words: READ.
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Jul 31, K. Duggan rated it it was amazing. I am so sad that The Ending series has come to an end! I read the first 3 novels in quick succession and eagerly awaited this fourth installment. It didn't disappoint! Every book in this series had me gripped. The authors are fantastic at pulling you in and not letting you go. There are so many emotions, conflicts and challenges but the 'family' are united. The characters are well written, so much so that I never could decide who I loved more especially between Jake and Jason. Buy them. Read them I am so sad that The Ending series has come to an end!
Read them. And fall in love with the story. I can honestly say that I was somewhat surprised by this book.
I went into the fourth book full of trepidation that it was going to be yet another long drag through a narrative where very little happened. Let me first say that the writing in Before The Dawn was pretty damn flawless. Not a single one—which is pretty amazing. Their world was rich, fraught with danger and uncertainty, and unlike the previous book, had some pretty great action oriented moments. This was probably one of my favorite books in the series thus far—it may even be my favorite. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and I think it was a fantastic ending to the series.
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A wonderful finale to a wonderful series. I'm going to miss them! Oct 08, Megan rated it it was amazing. Apr 13, Jennifer Ducharme rated it really liked it.
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If you love apocalyptic stories, I highly recommend this series. It can be a bit slow at some points hence the 4 star rating but overall it's an interesting read. Lots of characters but a good cast of main ones for you to identify with and root for. It's a different mix of action, love stories, dystopian scenery and science.
Definitely recommend. Underwhelming There were a few points that got the emotions rising however I mostly continued reading to complete the series Wonderful story Couldn't wait to get to the next, and the next and the next and then the last. Wonderful story written from the perspective of each of the primary characters. I highly recommend even if you don't like apocalyptic stories. This series has a different twist and I was intrigued from the start. Mar 31, Jan Mcclung-short rated it it was amazing. Lindsey hit a homerun with this series.
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The second book really seizes your heart and captivates you to finish the book quickly. I couldn't have stopped reading if I wanted to. The women in this book are very strong characters. They enable the men to be more powerful with their "abilities. The world was destroyed by a virus that killed over three fourths of all people.
There is no electricity, running water, cars, or cell phones.
This series is about two girlfriends that survive and the "family" that they acquire while trying to get to meet up at the safe place they had decided to go to. What a four book series! I really hope their is more. Dec 19, Lisa rated it it was amazing. Complex characters and a lot of them that showed tremdous growth throughout the series turn a good story into something you don't want to put down. This series has the perfect combination of action, adventure, sci-fi and romance even if the romance was bit too easy and obvious that is age-appropriate for young adult on.
Before the Dawn Wonderful heart warming , lots of adventure, and no zombies! I like reading about things that could happen and what people need to do for their lives. People still find love and friendships. I enjoyed the series up until the very end of the book. Things just felt very rushed to be done and then bam, it was all over It would have been nice to have an epilogue that gave a glimpse into everyone's lives some time down the road now that all the threats had been taken care of Jan 01, Kristi Davis rated it it was amazing.
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