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

Charles David Isbell cisbell at home.com
Tue Feb 20 08:43:59 EST 2001


On a different plane, and for the information of all, here is a quiz that
will be asked at the gates of Paradise of all whose scale tilts neither
clearly to "righteous" or to "sinful."  Each such person, whether Jew,
Christian or Muslim, will be asked one question.  A correct answer will tilt
the scales in his/her direction and he/she will enter paradise.  An
incorrect answer will send him/her away from Paradise forever.  The question
is the same for adherents of all three religions, although the correct
answer is different in each case.  The question is:

WHAT IS GOD'S FIRST NAME?  The correct answers are:

        For a Jew:  Va-YYoMeR.

        For a Christian:  "Howard"  [see 11:2]

        For a Muslim: "BiSSmi ..."

Shalom,
Charles David Isbell

----- Original Message -----
From: <b.gardner at abdn.ac.uk>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 6:53 AM
Subject: Re: BC, AD, BCE, CE,=, -, etc.


> I'm happy with that.
>
> Peace to everyone.
>
> Bruce.
>
> > 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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> > > Dave Washburn
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> > > "No study of probabilities inside a given frame can ever
> > > tell us how probable it is that the frame itself can be
> > > violated."  C. S. Lewis
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