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What does B.C.E. & C.E.

mean and why does the

Jewish community use them

rather than B.C. & A.D.


 S H A L O M !



Biblical Question:

Our Question:

Bev from California asks:

Dear Pastor Reuben,

I am confused as to why the Jewish people and a lot of people dealing with the Bible and Israel date history using B.C.E. and C.E. rather than the most common used B.C. and A.D.   Is there a Jewish reason?


Pastor Reuben's Answer:

Dear Bev, shalom,


This is a fast but pointed answer Bev, but I know you can quickly get more information by looking at the local public library.  Research on our calendar's development, ok.?   So, a simple help will do from me.   B.C., meaning "before Christ," & A.D., meaning "in the year of our Lord", are abbreviations primarily used/developed by Christians. Their use implies the acceptance of Jesus Christ as divine, a concept rejected by traditional rabbinic Judaism.  


Hence, in Jewish scholarship B.C.E., meaning "before the Common Era," & C.E., meaning the "Common Era," were introduced to draw a distinction between Christian and Jewish belief.

God bless you !

Pastor Reuben


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