In the Footsteps of Jesus on Radio 4
Edward Stourton embarks on a journey in the footsteps of Jesus, bringing to life the world in which he lived - In the Footsteps of Jesus, BBC Radio 4, starting Monday 21 November 2005.
There has never been a greater public demand for information about Jesus, the real man.
Mel Gibson's The Passion and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code have both tapped into this desire to learn more about the founder of the world's largest religion.
In the Footsteps of Jesus tells the story of a Jewish man, living under the harsh regime of Roman occupation.
For one third of the world's population, Jesus is the son of God while a quarter views Him as a prophet and many others revere Him as a great teacher.
But the programme will also trace how the idea of Jesus and our understanding of Him has changed through the centuries.
The series will be broadcast as four programmes on Radio 4 from 21 November 2005 - Jesus the Galilean; Jesus the God; Rome and Jesus the King; and Jesus the Guru.
Edward Stourton's journey will explore and explain the life and teachings of Jesus, and also visits the sites of some of the latest archaeological discoveries that are revealing new insights in to His life and message.
Stourton addresses the issues with the journalistic rigour expected from one of the BBC's highest profile presenters.
A former Sony Gold Award winner for Current Affairs, he is a presenter on Radio 4's Today programme.
He has previously followed In The Footsteps of St Paul (June 2004), In The Footsteps of Moses (April 2004) and In The Footsteps of Muhammed (Lent 2002).
Accompanying Edward on his mission to discover the real Jesus will be Ann Widdecombe MP, who has a lively debate with Jonathan Bartley from Christian think-tank Ecclesia, about whether Jesus has been appropriated by the establishment.