After about 45 minutes, we crossed the checkpoint that meant we were leaving the Kurdish region, and a few minutes later, right when my phone’s blue dot was starting to get close enough to Mosul for my liking, I looked out the car’s right window and saw the camp: We pulled in, spent a bunch of time convincing the camp officials and ourselves that I was a journalist, and eventually I was allowed in.
"CE" found in this web site refers to the other meaning, the "Common Era." This meaning for "CE" is a synonym for "AD." The latter is an abbreviation for "Anno Domini" in Latin or "the year of the Lord" in English. BCE stands for "Before the common era." BC means "Before Christ," or "Before the Messiah." Both measure the number of years before the approximate birthday of Yeshua/Jesus.However, most theologians and religious historians estimate that of some year between 7 and 4 BCE.We have seen estimates as late as 4 CE and as early as the second century BCE.We have chosen these four because many people today, in their search for meaning, are looking to these men and the traditions they have generated. Buddha's teachings, after many centuries of being passed on orally, were written down for the first time in the first century B. The Pali canon of the Hinayana school (the southern branch of Buddhism, also called the Theravada school) is known as the , may have come into existence two centuries after Buddha's death, but othted much later. In the Qur'an (Koran) we have the authentic sayings of Muhammad, which were at first written down on skins, palm leaves, pottery and even the shoulder blades of sheep.We will divide the investigation into five categories: (1) the sources available for reconstructing the lives of these teachers, (2) their birth and family, (3) their life and teachings, (4) their death and (5) their relation to deity. The Sanskrit canon of the Mahayana school, which spread northeastward to Tibet, China, Korea and Japan, dates, at the earliest, to the first and second centuries A. According to Christmas Humphreys, "the later Sutras of the Mahayana School, though put into Buddha's mouth, are clearly the work of minds which lived from five to fifteen hundred years after his passing." In the later sources one notes a conspicuous exaggeration of the supernatural elements in Buddha's life. Shortly after the prophet's death the caliph Uthman (644-55) collected these sayings in a canonical edition. Our main sources of information about the life of Jesus are the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.The fall date is reasonably firm, because the birth of John the Baptizer (a.k.a.