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Posted By: John on the Sunset Coast
11-Jan-08 - 02:11 PM
Thread Name: BS: First joke thread for the year 500bc
Subject: RE: BS: First joke thread for the year 500bc
RE: BC > BCE (and AD > CE)

BCE = Before the Common Era
CE = Common Era

I don't know that Jewish folk instigated the use of those abbreviations.
I do know they were already in use in scholarly circles when I majored in Ancient Near Eastern History well over forty years ago. The rationale was to take the religious aspect out of the discipline, and separate it from the umbrella of Biblical history/archaeology.

I still subscribe to Biblical Archaeology Reader which instituted that notation several years ago. Many Christians wrote letters protesting the change, and some even canceled their subscriptions over it.

I tell Christians who prefer BC and AD to think in terms of Before the Christian Era, Christian Era. That way, anyone can use the abbreviations, and nobdy needs take offence. (Well, some people take offence at anything ;)).