The course will begin by attempting to examine the sources and historicity of the books of the Old Testament - especially the Pentateuch. All books of the OT will be discussed as will the intertestamental period and first century Judeah. The gospels, the historical Jesus and the early centuries of the church will also be considered as will Egyptian, Zoroastrian and Greek influences on Judaism and early Christianity. A history of the Popes and the Papacy also form part of the course. The approach is historical and rational and questions and discussion will be encouraged.