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  • 1. About Home Statement of Faith About Us The Gospel How to use the site Ask a Question Crucial ?'s FAQ Archive Crucial ?s FAQ1 FAQ2 Tools INTL What is the meaning of BC and AD (B.C. and A.D.)? Subscribe to our Question of the Week Email Address Subscribe 18 Audio/MP3/Podcast Random Page Got App? Contact Us Serve with Us Survey Promote Us Support Us 703 Question: "What is the meaning of BC and AD (B.C. and A.D.)?" Answer: It is commonly thought that B.C. stands for "before Christ" and A.D. stands for "after death." This is only half correct. How could the year 1 B.C. have been "before Christ" and A.D. 1 been "after death"? B.C. does stand for "before Christ." A.D. 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 B.C. / A.D. 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 around 4-6 B.C., not A.D. 1. 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, therefore, that Jesus Christ is the separation of "old" and "new." B.C. was "before Christ," and since His birth, we have been living "in the year of our Lord." Philippians 2:10-11, "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Follow us on ? of the Week Will more people go to heaven or to hell? Verse of the Week Recommended Resources: Logos Bible Software and The Quest Study Bible. While he is not the author of every article on, for citation purposes, you may reference our CEO, S. Michael Houdmann. "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many." Related Topics: Matthew 7:13 What happened in the intertestamental period? Who were the early church fathers? What is the Apostles' Creed? What was the practice of casting lots? Preferred Bible Version: ESV Save
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