I know you don’t want to think about Christmas until Thanksgiving is over, but what about relaxing with an informative six week course learning about the historical background of the Christmas story.
Christmas, more than any other aspect of the Christian religion, is smothered with extra fantasy aspects, myths, legends and extra trimmings.
My online, real time course will dig into the fascinating historical details surrounding the nativity of the Lord. We will start with a study on the dates and authors of the gospels–especially St Matthew who tells the story of the Magi. We will look at the historical background of Mary and Joseph and the intriguing history and theology surrounding the Bethlehem shepherds. When I have taught this at parish missions people are amazed at what they didn’t know about the Bethlehem shepherds and the true, deeper meanings of the nativity story they thought they knew so well.