Calendar etc.) have been supplanted by the framework built into Java 8 and later.MIN_VALUE, at the time i wrote this, i hadn't searched for it, and even/so i didn't remember it."CE and BCE came into use in the last few decades, perhaps originally in Ancient Near Eastern studies, where: (a) there are many Jewish scholars and (b) dating according to a Christian era is irrelevant. 18th century, when a great deal of PC work went on. Not that dictionaries are universally fair to Christians (check out some definitions of _jesuitical_ and _pontificate_)." "The term 'Common Era' is traced back in English to its appearance as 'Vulgar Era' (from the Latin word vulgus, the common people, i.e.I have seen it called the Christian era, so that removing Christ did not work for some. those who are not royalty), to distinguish it from the Regnal dating systems typically used in national law. Two men were elected every year to serve in the office of consul.Roman historians said that a certain event took place in the year that Marcus Such and Such and Publius So and So were consuls.
Some interesting events at that time were: 1 BCE: Some historians have concluded from their analysis of Josephus' writings that Herod the Great died in 1 BCE.
Most historians now place Herod's death as during 4 BCE.
So, unless one is a lion, a Buddhist, or student of ancient Roman civilization, the basis for 1 CE and 1 BCE remains an arbitrary selection.
However, Josephus also mentioned that an eclipse occurred just before Herod's death.
The great early astronomer Kepler dated that eclipse to 4 BCE.
Most theologians and religious historians believe that Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus) was born during a Fall -- or less likely during a Spring, sometime between 7 and 4 BCE.