Historical Writings

The historical timeline splits 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 were not fully implemented and accepted until several centuries after Jesus' death.

However, when calculating the B.C. / A.D. system, the developers made a mistake in pinpointing the year of Jesus' birth. Scholars later actually discovered that Jesus was born around 6-4 B.C., not 1 A.D. While not the crucial issue, the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ are the "turning points" in world history. Therefore, since Jesus Christ is the separation of "old" and "new."

Although modern historians now use the labels B.C.E (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era), StudyLight.org will still use the originals.

By Era  (2 total)

B.C. (Before Christ)

Referred to as B.C. (before Christ) and 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. Pseudepigrapha, and various cultural works.

A.D. (Anno Domini)

Referred to as A.D (Anno Domini) and C.E. (common era), this section sheds light on the early Church's formation and development. Included here are the Early Church Fathers' complete writings, Foxes' Book of Martyrs, N.T. Pseudepigrapha and much more.

By Category  (4 total)

The Annals of the World

In 1650-1654, James Ussher set out to write a history of the world from creation to A.D. 70, which he published the result in 1650 as the literary classic "The Annals of the World." This famous comprehensive history of the world, initially published in Latin, offers a look at history rarely seen. Ussher traveled throughout Europe, gathering much information from the actual historical documents. Many of these documents are no longer available, destroyed since the time of his research. Within its pages, you will find the fascinating history of the ancient world, from the Genesis creation through the destruction of the Jerusalem temple.

Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms

Collected here are the Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms used by various Churches throughout the centuries. These include the Apostle's and Nicene's Creed, Westminister and London Baptist Confessions of Faith, and the Westminister Catechism (both long and short versions).

Church and Denominational History

As the history of ancient Israel, the Christian church's history is to be remembered and learned since it is vital to our understanding of the Christian church's institution. Understanding Christian doctrine in light of church history helps us separate fiction and fads from the true Christian faith's facts and principles.

Today in Christian History

For 2,000 years, famous and infamous men and women shaped Church's history. Take a view of what happened on this day during the past twenty centuries.