Historical Writings

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."

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)

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.

A.D. (Anno Domini)

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.

By Category  (4 total)

The Annals of the World

In the years 1650-1654, James Ussher set out to write a history of the world from creation to A.D. 70. The result was published in 1650 as the literary classic "The Annals of the World." This famous comprehensive history of the world, originally 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 Ussher traveled throughout Europe, gathering much information from the actual historical documents.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, having been destroyed since the time of his research. In its pages can be found the fascinating history of the ancient world from the Genesis creation through the destruction of the Jerusalem temple.

Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms

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 Westminister Catechism (both long and short version).

Church and Denominational History

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.

Today in Christian History

For 2,000 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.