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Define before christ and A.D,also differentiate

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Asked by gagan, 07 Nov '09 11:30 pm
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AD is used for Anno Domino and BC for Before Christ. (AD is mistakenly labelled as After the Death but that is a misnomer).
Answered by subhash tiwari, 07 Nov '09 11:39 pm

 
  
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It is commonly thought that BC stands for "before Christ" and AD stands for "after death." This is only half correct. How could the year 1 B.C. have been "before Christ" and 1 A.D. been "after death"? BC does stand for "before Christ." AD actually stands for the Latin phrase "anno domini" which means "in the year of our Lord." The B.C. / A.D. dating system is not taught in the Bible. It actually was not fully implemented and accepted until several centuries after Jesus' death.

It is interesting to note that the purpose of the BC / AD dating system was to make the birth of Jesus Christ the dividing point of world history. However, when the B.C. / A.D. system was being calculated, they actually made a mistake in pinpointing the year of Jesus' birth. Scholars later discovered that Jesus was actually born in around 4-6 BC, not 1 AD. That is not the crucial issue. The birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ are the "turning points" in world history. It is fitting, theref ...more
Answered by HEMANT MEHTA, 07 Nov '09 11:38 pm

 
  
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Anno Domini (sometimes found in the irregular form Anno Domine), abbreviated as AD or A.D., and Before Christ, abbreviated as BC or B.C., are designations used to number years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The calendar era to which they refer is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus, with AD denoting years after the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of this epoch. There is no year zero in this scheme, so the year AD 1 immediately follows the year 1 BC.

The Gregorian calendar, and the year numbering system associated with it, is the calendar system with the most widespread usage in the world today. For decades, it has been the unofficial global standard, recognized by international institutions such as the United Nations and the Universal Postal Union. It is also a basis of scholarly dating, though some people adopt the Common/Christian Era labels, retaining the same numeric values but using the label "CE" (Com ...more
Answered by Prateek Kiran, 09 Nov '09 08:40 pm

 
  
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In one respect, there really is no difference between an AD/BC and BCE/CE system when it comes to historical dates. The year 23 AD is exactly the same as the year 23 CE, and 4004 BC is also 4004 BCE. References to historical dates under either classification shouldn't create confusion in a researcher's mind. Major historical dates such as 1492 AD, 1776 AD or 1941 AD would still be rendered as 1492 CE, 1776 CE and 1941 CE.
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The AD/BC method of identifying historical dates can be traced back to Catholic historians working in the early Middle Ages. Identifying historical dates until that point was often a complicated proposition, since different historians worked under different calendars. A Roman historian would have used the ...more
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 09 Nov '09 04:09 pm

 
  
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BC refers to birth date of christ an ad refer to date aftr deth of chtist
Answered by Dinesh C S, 09 Nov '09 12:56 pm

 
  
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BC denotes "Before Christ", time that was prior to when Jesus Christ lived on Earth.
AD denotes "Anno Domini", time after Jesus Christ took birth on Earth.
Answered by poonam duggal, 09 Nov '09 12:32 pm

 
  
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It's B.C. and A.D..

B.C.: Before Christ

A.D.: from the Latin Annus Domini (The Year of Our Lord)

Science books no longer use these abbreviations. Instead, they use:

B.C.E.: Before Common Era

C.E. : Common Era
Answered by Murthy Guruswamy, 09 Nov '09 06:50 am

 
  
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What we use the Year is being calculated after the death of Christ. Anno-Domini (AD) ie 2009 years back Lord Jesus died. Hence accordingly if U calculate before the birth of Christ, we say BC (Before Christ)
Answered by Arun Kumar Verma, 07 Nov '09 11:42 pm

 
  
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