Re: Peter Brimelow's blog post Happy William Tyndale (And John Rogers) Day! Oh, And Yom Kippur
From: Norm [Email him]
Thanks for the Yom Kippur wishes, although by the time I read them here in Israel, Yom Kippur was over. :-)
Most Jews don't realize at least one debt they owe to Bible translator Tyndale: It was he who had the flash of inspiration that the term "Passover" was not only a good translation of the Hebrew "Pesach" but also sounded nicely similar as well. (Other European languages use "Pascha" or some similar meaningless quasi-transliteration, which of course also serves for the holiday known in English as "Easter.") English-speaking Jews use "Passover" all the time without realizing it's Tyndale.
See previous letters from the same reader.