stands for "Common Era." The only difference is the initials; the numbers remain the same. stands for “after death.” This is only half correct. the date because the phrase it stands for also comes before the date (e.g., "in the Year of Our Lord 735 Bede passed from this earth"). An alternate method of notation has recently been developed: C. However, you will often see it following the date in more recent references. Most historians now place Herod's death as during 4 BCE.So, unless one is a lion, a Buddhist, or student of ancient Roman civilization, the basis for 1 CE and 1 BCE remains an arbitrary selection.Many have a knee-jerk reaction to the term and feel it is late 20th /early 21st century political correctness run amok, when in fact it is nothing of the sort. Why the terminology changed from Latin to English is a matter of speculation. Geb.", an abbreviation of "vor Christi Geburt" (before Christ's birth).Perhaps because the Latin ante Christum natum is longer. In non-English speaking countries, they tended to use the local language: in French, "avant J. As with most things these days there is also a politically correct version of AD and BC.
Almost all of the world's religious calendars are based on religion, astrology, or myth: The division between BC/BCE and AD/CE is not based on religious considerations.
As you can imagine, it would be impossible to get everyone in the world to add four years to their current calendar to make up for the inconsistencies in prior year's calendars.
So the current date remains the same and the references to the dates of events in history have for the most part been changed (e.g.
However, Josephus also mentioned that an eclipse occurred just before Herod's death.
The great early astronomer Kepler dated that eclipse to 4 BCE.