Re: BC/AD or BCE/CE--What's the difference?

From: Jeffrey B. Gibson (
Date: Mon Jan 31 2000 - 20:07:01 EST

Grant wrote:

> B-Greek,
> What is the difference between BC/AD and BCE/CE? For example, I have read
> that the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Yet, other texts say 70 CE.
> Is it a word preference or an important distinction? If so, is it important
> to use the distinction?

The siglium BCE and CE are the religiously neutral equivalents of BC and
respectively. Scholars began some time ago to move to the neutral
convention when it
was recognized that in saying BC or AD one was making a confession of
faith about
Jesus that not all shared or should have imposed upon them. So when
someone says
44BCE that person means exactly the same year as what is designated by
44BC. So to
with 70CE and 70AD.

Hope this helps.


Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey B. Gibson
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Chicago, Illinois 60626

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