Calendar dating systems
Sometimes this change was voluntary, such as when more accurate astronomical data became available.On other occasions, a nation or people group might be forced to change by another conquering nation.Numbering years from the (supposed) year of the birth of Jesus was first adopted by Dionysius Exiguus in the Fifth Century.It did not catch on as a dating system until it was adopted by the influential Anglo-Saxon scholar Bede in the Eighth Century.
Given that the Olympics were held every four years, events could be dated to the number of the Olympiad and the year in that four year period in which the event fell.
In part 2, we’ll explore the development of various calendar systems within the political and historical context of the major nations during Biblical times and the early church period.
In part 3, we'll look at the origin of our modern BC-AD () dating system.
This date originates from creation of the world as read from the Book of Genesis when God brought light to the world, and then created night and day.
This dating system is used not because we think Freemasonry to be of the same age as the creation of the world, but due to the fact that Light is an important symbol in Freemasonry as it relates to the truth, knowledge, and mysteries of Freemasonry; just as light helps make things clear before our eyes so will knowledge and truth make things clear for our minds. This commemorates the year in which Abraham was given blessing by the High Priest Melchizedek.