Dating systems before christ

However, it is time for this battle to end; Christians should leave behind the BC/AD labels and adopt the BCE/CE dating system for all calendrical references.

Christians have offered many reasons for maintaining the BC/AD system.

However, most theologians and religious historians estimate that of some year between 7 and 4 BCE.

We have seen estimates as late as 4 CE and as early as the second century BCE.

However, Exiguus' dating system still lacks a "0" year which makes calendrical calculations awkward.

The "astronomical" dating system refers to an alternative method of numbering years.

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy.

, where this article first appeared, was published Anno Mundi 5770.

Buy Online Access Buy Print & Archive Subscription If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in. The birth of Jesus is known approximately relative to his cousin John's birth.Of course, one has the option of interpreting the letter "C" in CE and BCE as referring to "Christian" or "Christ's," in place of "common." "CE" then becomes "Christian Era." "BCE" becomes "Before the Christian Era." The Abbreviations Dictionary does exactly this.It includes the year "0" and eliminates the need for any prefixes or suffixes by attributing the arithmetic sign to the date.Thus, the astronomical date for 2000 CE is simply 2000 or 2000.

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