I am writing this on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2024.
The calculation that led to this year being 2024 is the most famous Christian version. It was not invented until 525 AD. AD was used in the past and means “The Year of the Lord” (Jesus) in English. BC was used to indicate “Before Christ.” Today, most scholars use CE for “Common Era” and BCE for “Before the Common Era.”
The author of this calendar thought he was calculating since the birth of Jesus. He believed that Jesus was born in the year 1. He made a mistake. A careful reading of the New Testament shows that Jesus was born sometime between 6 and 4 BC.
The author forgot that in the New Testament Gospel, Matthew 2:16, Joseph and Mary were visited by an angel who told them Herod would attempt to kill Jesus, their son. Herod died in 4 BC. So, Jesus was born four or six years before Christ.
People should not think I am mocking Christianity. We all make mistakes. See my article “The Truth About the Untrue ‘Since Creation’ Calendar” used by many Jews today.