Were the King James Bible Translators Correct in Translating Easter in Acts 12:4?

Easter in Acts 12:4 is the most common attack on the King James Bible by those that advocate the new versions.  For critics of the King James Bible, Easter in Acts 12:4 is the definitive proof that the King James Bible has errors in it.  On the surface this appears to be true.  The critics of the King James Bible do not like that Pascha is translated as Easter in Acts 12:4.  The new versions translate Pascha as Passover in Acts 12:4 instead of Easter.  The King James Bible translators translated Pascha as Passover 28 out of 29 times.  The one time that they translated Pascha as Easter is in Acts 12:4.  Easter only appears one time in the King James Bible.  This is significant that the King James Bible translators chose to translate Pascha as Easter.  We need to further investigate this and see if this is really an error in the King James Bible.  You can read below the King James Bible and compare to the new versions below.

Let’s take a look at this controversial verse in the King James Bible and see what we can learn. 

Acts 12:1 (KJV) ¶ Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
Acts 12:2 (KJV) And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Acts 12:3 (KJV) And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
Acts 12:4 (KJV) 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.

(Acts 12:3 NKJV)  And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.

(Acts 12:4 NKJV)  So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.

It is interesting to note that the New King James version differs from the King James Bible in Acts 12:4.  Apparently the New King James version did a lot more than just remove the thees and thous.

(Acts 12:3 NIV)  When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

(Acts 12:4 NIV)  After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

(Acts 12:3 NASB)  When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

(Acts 12:4 NASB)  When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people.

(Acts 12:3 ESV)  and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

(Acts 12:4 ESV)  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.

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