Biblical Archaeology Review 22:3, May/June 1996

Queries & Comments

B.C.E. Loses Christian Readers (or Does It?)

Thank you for the invitation to receive a trial subscription. Because your journal uses B.C.E. (Before the Common Era) rather than B.C. (Before Christ), however, I will not subscribe.

What “scholarly” reason would any author have for using B.C.E. rather than B.C., other than that the author does not wish to recognize Jesus Christ as the most important personage in human history, so important that the calendar itself was changed by His existence?

I write as a lover of history and archaeology to voice my intellectual rejection of B.C.E. over B.C. and to let you know that this policy will not help you gain Christian readers.

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