“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: CT8003Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


identify the phases of the quests for the historical Jesus and explain the central issues in those quests


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


critically apply appropriate Scriptural, historical and contemporary theological resources to the discussion of a selected topic in Christology


Critically reflect on the identity of Jesus in the light of Scripture and Tradition


Lectures & tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bevans, Stephen. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective, Maryknoll NJ: Orbis, 2009.
  • 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: 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 (2009).
  • Rausch, Thomas. Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.
  • Spence,Alan. Christology: A Guide for the Perplexed, London: T & T Clark, 2015.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Short Paper (1,500 words)

1500 25.0

Essay (3,000 words)

3000 50.0

Summative Reflection (1,500 words)

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Aug, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-08-27 14:45:55 +1000