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years were numbered to count backward to indicate the number of years an event had occurred “before Christ” or “B.C.”

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Because we do not know exactly when time started, we cannot always count upward. Using the birth of Jesus as an arbitrary measurement, the years form a numberline. This allows us to count backwards for as long as we want without reaching a limit or running out of numbers to use.

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BC years ("Before Christ") are counting down to the birth of Jesus Christ, and AD years ("Anno Domini", after his birth) are counting the years after the birth of Jesus.

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