“No-one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart who has made him known” (John1:18). Ultimately, the normative source of our knowledge of God is what God reveals of Godself through Jesus the Christ. This unit introduces the study of theology, its sources and methods, through the study of Christology. It focusses on Jesus Christ, his life and ministry, his death and resurrection and the subsequent reflection of the Church on his identity.

Unit code: CT1003Y (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved in the quests for the historical Jesus and the fruits of these quests


Identify the theological issues at stake in a selected topic in Christology


Discuss a selected topic in Christology in the light of the Scriptures and contemporary theological writing


Reflect theologically on the identity of Jesus in the light of Scripture and Tradition


Lecture & tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bockhmuehl, Markus, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Jesus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Fuellenbach, John. The Kingdom of God: The Message of Jesus Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995.
  • Karkkainen,Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003.
  • Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier/Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • McDermott, Brian. Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier, 1993.
  • Matera, Frank, New Testament Christology, Louisville KY: Westminster, 1999.
  • Meier, John P. A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Vol 1-3. New York: Doubleday, 1991-2001. Volume 4. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
  • Murphy, Francesca Aran, The Oxford Handbook of Christology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Pagola, Jose A. Jesus: An Historical Approximation. Columbia, FL: Convivium Press, 2012.
  • Rausch, Thomas. Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003. (recommended for purchase)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Summative Reflection (1,000 words)

0 25.0

Short Paper (1000 words)

0 25.0

Essay (2,000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:45 +1100