Biblical Archaeology Review 27:1, January/February 2001

Queries & Comments

Common Error

I would like my subscription cancelled. Throughout all the issues I have received, you have allowed the near-encompassing use of B.C.E. [Before the Common Era—Ed.]—so much so that I was surprised to find the traditional reference B.C. in an article in the last issue.

I am appalled at the politically correct trend of denigrating Christ and removing any reference to God in public. Furthermore, what gall do the BAR editors have to decide, themselves, that suddenly a tradition that has been used for hundreds of years to mark time should be done away with?

I will not support such a magazine by continuing my subscription.

Adam J. Zwierko Springfield, Virginia

We do not decide which designations to use—we let our authors decide. B.C.E. and C.E. (Common Era) are the terms widely used by scholars. Staff-written articles use the terms B.C. and A.D.—Ed.

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