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It is important to note that even though the BC/AD system of dating has Christ as its central focus, it is not found in the Bible.
It was not actually developed until 525 AD, when the entrance of the Christ into the world was recognized as being the turning point of history, and our calendars were made to reflect that.3 In regard to the use of BCE and CE, these are more recent developments.
, where this article first appeared, was published Anno Mundi 5770.
According to the Muslim lunar calendar, dating from Muhammad's Hijra (flight or emigration) from Mecca, it is now ah 1430.
But it is the Christian era, counting 'the years of the Lord' from the birth of Christ, that is now ubiquitous in business, politics and historical writing.
The years are the same, only the designations are different.
For example, 400 BCE is the same as 400 BC, and 2011 CE is the same as 2011 AD.
In that system, it is 2009 - but should one say ad 2009 or, as is increasingly common among scholars, 2009 CE - 2009 of the 'Common Era'?
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