This table indicates the approximate date each of the twelve major world religions began, along with the traditional dates for the birth and death of its founder (if applicable). You can click on each religions' link to start reading about it.
This list of twelve world religions is, of course, an oversimplification. Also, keep in mind that there are religions (such as the belief systems of Native American and Australian Aborigine peoples) that go back much further than Hinduism, and there have been several large religions that have started since Baha'i.
The 'Common Era' refers to 1 A.D. CE=Common Era, BCE=Before Common Era
Moses 1500-1350 BCE
Zoroaster 628-527 BCE
Mahavira 599-527 BCE
Buddha 563-483 BCE
Lao Tse 580-500 BCE
Confucius 551-579 BCE
Jesus 1-33 CE
Muhammad 570-632 CE
Guru Nanak 1469-1538 CE
Baha'u'llah 1817-1892 CE
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