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Anno Domini
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Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Anno Domini
Anno DominiReckoning from the birth of Jesus, the dating of years “a.d.” (Lat. “in the year of the Lord”) and the concept of a “Christian era” resulted from the Easter cycle developed in the 6th century by the Scythian monk Dionysius Exiguus. Rather than the year 753 a.u.c. (“from the founding of the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Anno Domini
Anno Domini [ănˊō dōˊ mĭn ĭ] (Lat. “in the year of the Lord”). Reckoning from the birth of Jesus, the dating of years “A.D.” and the concept of a “Christian era” resulted from the Easter cycle developed in the sixth century by the Scythian monk Dionysius Exiguus. Rather than the year 753 A.U.C.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Anno Domini
Anno Domini (Lat., ‘in the year of the Lord’). The current system of dating by ‘AD’, based on the traditional year of the birth of Christ, was devised by *Dionysius Exiguus (6th cent.). It is now commonly held that the actual birth was several years earlier, between 7 and 4 bc, since it is established
Compton’s Encyclopedia
AD
ADabbreviation for phrase anno Domini (Latin for in the year of the Lord); a calendar system differentiating the era after the birth of Jesus from the era before Christ, or bc; so-called Christian Era invented in 6th century by Dionysius Exiguus to calculate correct date of Easter; terms Common Era