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The Independent Culture
Sir: Edward Kessler ("Arguments for Easter: It is time to tackle the Gospel's scorn for the Jews", 1 April) is in error when he states that it is unusual for these two festivals to coincide.

The Council of Nicaea only freed the Church from the then indignity of being dependent on the Jews announcing the New Moon of Nissan. The formula they designed for fixing Easter Sunday resulted in it occurring during Passover in 17 of the 19 year Metonic cycle.

JONATHAN GRODZINSKI

London N3

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