When did bcad dating begin
by Alex Carmichaeledited by Matt Slick AD does not mean “After Death.” It is an abbreviation for “Anno Domini,” which is a Latin phrase meaning “in the year of our Lord,” referring to the year of Christ’s birth. So at the time of this writing, 2011 AD is intended to signify that it has been 2,011 years since Christ was born.1 Second, if you think about it logically, as was discussed in class that day, 1 BC could not be directly followed by 1 AD if AD meant “After the Death of Christ.”2 That would mean that Christ was born then He immediately died, and we know that’s not the case.It is important to note that even though the BC/AD system of dating has Christ as its central focus, it is not found in the Bible.It was not actually developed until 525 AD, when the entrance of the Christ into the world was recognized as being the turning point of history, and our calendars were made to reflect that.3 In regard to the use of BCE and CE, these are more recent developments.In most usages, BCE stands for “Before the Common Era,” and CE stands for “Common Era.” BCE is used in place of BC, and CE is used in place of AD.Many Christians do not like either of these changes, but they can, of course, interpret the letter “C” in the BCE and CE designations as referring to “Christian” or “Christ’s” without taking offense in what many see as an attempt to delegitimize or eliminate Christ from the calendar.There are many religious calendars in existence, but each is normally in use in one region of the world -- typically by followers of a single religion.The word “Common” in both instances refers to the date employed by the most commonly used calendar system, the Gregorian Calendar.
Almost all of the world's religious calendars are based on religion, astrology, or myth: The division between BC/BCE and AD/CE is not based on religious considerations.Nothing of a religious nature happened during 1 BCE and 1 CE -- in fact nothing of truly momentous importance happened at all, to our knowledge.Some interesting events at that time were: 1 BCE: Some historians have concluded from their analysis of Josephus' writings that Herod the Great died in 1 BCE.However, Josephus also mentioned that an eclipse occurred just before Herod's death.For example, 400 BCE is the same as 400 BC, and 2011 CE is the same as 2011 AD.
There is another less frequent meaning in use for the “C” in the new BCE and CE designations, in that the “C” stands for “Current,” the implication being that there is yet another era still to come.