THE mystic role of eggs in Easter is based on Christ’s love of eating them, experts have claimed.
Theologians say new archeological discoveries and a reinterpretation of key biblical passages mean it is almost certain that boiled eggs were the Son of God’s favourite food.
Professor Julian Cook, from Jesus University in Rome, said: “He was born in a manger where hens roamed freely, so he would have experienced them at a very early age. We know for a fact he kept a rooster as this is referenced in Matthew 26:34.
“And a rooster means hens and hens equal eggs. Though I’m sure Jesus could have got eggs from a rooster, if necessary. He could probably make an egg come out of anything he felt like.”
He added: “Logically, boiling was Christ’s preferred mode of preparation. He was constantly persecuted so would have preferred a small, easily-portable ‘egg pot’ as opposed to a cumbersome frying pan.
“In terms of cooking style, Jesus would have preferred a hard-boiled egg. The idea of him dipping something would turn Christianity on its head.”
Professor Cook said there is now a strong case for replacing communion wafers with thin slices of boiled egg and has called on both the Church of England and the Vatican to commission more egg-based hymns.
The theories have also thrown a spotlight on the last supper, which Cook believes must have had an egg course.
He said: “It’s recognised that there was bread and wine at the last supper, but if Christ was overseeing the menu I feel there would certainly have been a boiled or poached egg, perhaps in a nice sauce, for each of the disciples.
“Except Judas who was plagued by a fear a cholesterol.”