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Chronology

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Author(s): Mohn, Jürgen | Lichtenberger, Hermann | Jewett, Robert | Mosshammer, Alden A. | Fagg, Lawrence W.
[German Version] I. History of Religions – II. Old Testament and Early Judaism – III. New Testament – IV. Christian Time-Reckoning – V. Chronology in Scholarly Study I. History of Religions Not every culture has a word for what we call time and, if so, then with clearly different nuances of meaning. ¶ From the perspective of the history of religions, therefore, chronology can only refer figuratively to the division, arrangement, and measurement of what modern European languages call time. A distinct division of time is t…

Dionysius Exiguus

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Author(s): Mosshammer, Alden A.
[German Version] (c. 470–540). Born in Scythia, Dionysius moved to Rome about 500 ce. He translated into Latin a number of Greek patristic works, including the De opificio hominis of Gregory of Nyssa. Dionysius also compiled a comprehensive collection of ecclesiastical canons, from the Apostolic Canons to the Council of Chalcedon. In 525 he was commissioned to prepare new calculations for the date of Easter (Chronology: IV). Dionysius extended for …