The historical timeline can be split into two main groups: B.C. ("before Christ") and A.D. (Latin phrase "anno domini" which means "in the year of our Lord"). These labels actually were not fully implemented and accepted until several centuries after Jesus' death.
However, when the B.C. / A.D. system was being calculated, the developers made a mistake in pinpointing the year of Jesus' birth. Scholars later discovered that Jesus was actually born in around 6-4 BC, not 1 AD. While 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." BC was "before Christ" and since His birth, we have been living "in the year of our Lord."
While modern historians now use the labels B.C.E (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era), StudyLight.org will use the originals.
Refered to as B.C. (before Christ) but also known as B.C.E (before common era), this section contains information about the events and culture during the period covered by Old Testament writing, this section includes the writings of Josephus, the Apocrypha, O.T. Pseudopigrapha and various cultural works.
Refered to as A.D (Anno Domini) but also known as C.E. (common era), this section helps to shed light on the formation and development of the early Church. Included here are the complete writings of the Early Church Fathers, Foxes' Book of Martyrs, N.T. Pseudopigrapha and much more.
The largest source of information regarding the early life of the Church from the 1st to the 8th Century. Translated to English and contained in 38-volume, this collection is divided into three series, Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene.
A collection of Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms used by various Churches throught the centuries. These include the Apostle's and Nicene's Creed, Westminister and London Baptist Confessions of Faith and the Westministr Catechism (both long and short version).
Like the history of ancient Israel, the history of the Christian church is to be remembered and learned from since it is vital to our understanding of the institution of the Christian church. Understanding Christian doctrine in light of church history helps us to separate fiction and fads from the facts and doctrine of the true Christian faith.
For 2000 years the history of the Church has been shaped by famous and infamous men and women. Take a view of what happened on this day during the past twenty centuries.
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