4:16: Is it BCE and CE, or BC and AD?

Co-hosts speak with Shively Smith, professor at Boston University, asking, "Is it BCE and CE, or BC and AD?"


In episode 16 of season 4, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston gather to answer the listener submitted questions.

Guest, Shively Smith, is the Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology and Affiliate faculty for the PhD Concentration in Homiletics. She is also Resident Scholar and an itinerant elder at the historic Metropolitan AME Church of Washington DC.

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Exodus
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  • Matthew
  • Hebrews

Topics, themes and figures mentioned

  • BCE: before the common era
  • CE: common era
  • BC: before Christ
  • AD: Latin: “Anno Domini,” “in the year of the Lord”
  • Shema
  • Patriarch
  • Matriarch
  • Passover
  • Sinai
  • Covenant
  • Remembrance
  • The Law/Torah
  • Eschatological Anticipation
  • Sabbath
  • Howard Thurman

Full Transcript

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by


Shively Smith