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Question about BC/AD for you Christians

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by BrettChaotix, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    So weird,,, I was just thinking about this very problem.

    My question is, what was the "year" when jesus was born (ie "0") but relative to whatever counting system was currently in place. Was there one?
    I assume that there must have been some sort of significant event that formed the basis for counting in the Roman world or earlier, anyone know what the "count" was at when jesus was born?

    I don't know if it was the only one, but certainly a common one was the accession of emperors leading to dates such as "the third year of the reign of Caesar Augustus," etc.
     
  2. bradbury

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    they would also keep dates by using the guys who won the olympic race, the main event, at marathon. like they would say, it was fifty days after hercules won the race. each winner would be like a new year.
     
  3. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

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    So weird,,, I was just thinking about this very problem.

    My question is, what was the "year" when jesus was born (ie "0") but relative to whatever counting system was currently in place. Was there one?
    I assume that there must have been some sort of significant event that formed the basis for counting in the Roman world or earlier, anyone know what the "count" was at when jesus was born?


    1. There was no year zero. The number zero as a counting unit was not used in the western world until the Arabic numeric system was adopted in about the 11th century.

    2. In the Roman world dates were measured based on the year of a particular Emperor's reign. For example, the 3rd year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius. The Jews had their own dating system which proposed to have begun at creation I believe (it is still used). Each country used its own system of dates which historians today have to try to match up using common events. The system we're talking about is the closest thing to a world-wide system of measuring dates that has ever been devised.
     
  4. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    The conventional dating system used by the Romans was "Ab Urbe Condita" (from the foundation of the city"--by Romulus). This is supposed to have occurred in 753 B.C.

    The Jews frequently used "years of Abraham," which commenced in 2017 B.C., and this system was often used by early Christian chroniclers.

    The monk who tried to determine the exact year of the birth of Christ (hence our "B.C./A.D") system was Dionysius Exiguus. He lived in the sixth century. He hailed from the Black Sea area but spent much of his career at Rome. He also devised a system for calculating the dates of Easter.
     
  5. unjung

    unjung Senior member

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    Woah... Jesus was real? So it wasn't my dad eating the milk and cookies?
     
  6. John152

    John152 Well-Known Member

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    Woah... Jesus was real? So it wasn't my dad eating the milk and cookies?


    It's fairly certain that Jesus the person existed and the events that occurred are for the most part accurate, but whether he was the son of God is a point of contention.
     
  7. tagutcow

    tagutcow Senior member

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    It's fairly certain that Jesus the person existed and the events that occurred are for the most part accurate, but whether he was the son of God is a point of contention.

    Geez, I mentioned that it's pretty much an academic consensus that Jesus was historical on aother message board, and a woman ("religious studies" major, natch) went into a rage, claiming that there were only two or three experts in the field who believed so.
     
  8. unjung

    unjung Senior member

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    Geez, I mentioned that it's pretty much an academic consensus that Jesus was historical on aother message board, and a woman ("religious studies" major, natch) went into a rage, claiming that there were only two or three experts in the field who believed so.

    I actually have no idea. I just like being a shithead.
     
  9. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

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    Woah... Jesus was real? So it wasn't my dad eating the milk and cookies?

    Not really much question that Jesus was a real person. This is from the Roman historian Tacitus (no friend of the Christians) writing about 60 years after Jesus death. In this passage he calls him Christus, the Latin version of the greek word Christ, but it is clear that it is the same person. This passage also gives a description of the Neroan persecution of Roman Christians in the early 60's AD.
    But not all the relief that could come from man, not all the bounties that the prince could bestow, nor all the atonements which could be presented to the gods, availed to relieve Nero from the infamy of being believed to have ordered the conflagration, the fire of Rome. Hence to suppress the rumor, he falsely charged with the guilt, and punished Christians, who were hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius: but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time broke out again, not only through Judea, where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired
     
  10. Douglas

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    I think he's irrelevant, but the point is, his birth is the 0,0 for the time line. All the PC folk have done is change two phrases, not the origin point. If Haysoos is bad, change the entire fucking calendar and have done with it.

    To me the funniest part is that you still have the "BC" in there in "BCE" just so nobody gets confused. It's like they wanted to change it, but not so much that it might totally screw everyone up.

    Me, I keep things simple. We are in year 1, OE.
     
  11. Jekyll

    Jekyll Senior member

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    I think he's irrelevant, but the point is, his birth is the 0,0 for the time line. All the PC folk have done is change two phrases, not the origin point. If Haysoos is bad, change the entire fucking calendar and have done with it.
    I agree completely. What the fuck is a "common era" anyway?
     
  12. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think he's irrelevant, but the point is, his birth is the 0,0 for the time line. All the PC folk have done is change two phrases, not the origin point. If Haysoos is bad, change the entire fucking calendar and have done with it.

    I declare this Year One DT!!!!!!
     
  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    I declare this Year One DT!!!!!!

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