BC, AD, BCE, CE,=, -, etc.

Jonathan D. safren yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Tue Feb 20 03:05:36 EST 2001


Why don't we all use whatever terminology we please, as long as it is
understood by everybody else, and stop this ridiculous discussion?
Sincerely,
Jonathan D. Safren
Chairman
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Israel


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Washburn" <dwashbur at nyx.net>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 12:56 AM
Subject: Re: Written by the Holy Ghost? and others


> Bill,
> This whole topic of BC/BCE etc makes me wonder if we can find
> anything stupider to argue about.
>
> > Ian wrote:-
> >
> > >(Do you still use terms such as spokesman or
> > >chairman -- when dealing with women?)
> >
> > Rather off topic, but the answer is yes. These are the correct
> > terms to use, and I use them. I can remember Barbara Stewart introducing
> > herself in this manner -- ``Good evening ladies and gentleman, I'm
Barbara
> > Stewart, Chairman of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra...'' all
through
> > the period when she was chairman.
> >
> > >You will find in international and
> > >cross-cultural scholarly circles that CE/BCE is in fact used.
> >
> > and askes
> >
> > >What do you have against using CE and BCE?
> >
> > I'm well aware that's it's used. But I don't see the point. If I am
> > offended by pigs calling them sheep doesn't actually change anything.
> > Our dating system is pivoted around a particular calculation of the year
> > of Jesus' birth. AD/BC, CE/BCE, +/-, whatever. None of these alter the
> > fact that its a Christian dating system, developed by Christians for
> > Christian use.  So they got the dates wrong. It doesn't in any way
> > change the *intention* of the system.
> >
> > On rare occasions I have used the Jewish dating system and the Muslim
> > one, but I did not feel I had to strip away or hide the origin of
> > those dating systems. Quite the contrary.
> >
> >
> > Bill Rea, Information Technology Dept., Canterbury  University  \_
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