This unit will explore historical and contemporary discussions about Jesus Christ. It will begin with the New Testament witness to his life, death and resurrection and the messianic interpretation of those events. The appropriation of that witness in ancient creeds, contemporary theological controversies and proposals and the lives of his followers will be critically examined. The connections between the Church’s proclamation of Christ, patterns of discipleship, and practices of reconciliation and justice will be explored.

Unit code: CT8020P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the key interpretations of Jesus in the New Testament


Appraise the defining Christological issues of the patristic period


Assess the issues in contemporary Christological controversies


Evaluate the significance of classical Christology for contemporary Christology


Articulate the connections between the proclamation of Jesus Christ and the forms of life which it evokes.

Unit sequence

Either CT 8000P: Faith, Belief and Doctrine or CT8010P: Culture, Beliefs and Theology


Lectures, discussions, tutorials, online material

Indicative Bibliography

  • Althaus-Reid, Marcella and Lisa Isherwood. *Controversies in Feminist Christology. London: SCM, 2007.
  • Allison, Dale C. The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
  • Bauckham, Richard. Jesus and the God of Israel: ‘God Crucified’ and Other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Bird, Michael et al. How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature. Zondervan, 2014.
  • Borg, Marcus J., and N.T.Wright. The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.
  • Ehrman, Barth. How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Nazareth. HarperCollins, 2014.
  • Ford, David and Mike Higton (eds). Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Hurtado, Larry W. How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God? Historical Questions about Earliest Devotion to Jesus. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
  • Isherwood, Linda. Introducing Feminist Christologies. London: Sheffield, 2001.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christ and Reconciliation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.
  • Lorenznen, Thorwald. Resurrection and Discipleship: Interpretive Models, Biblical Reflections and Theological Consequences. New York: Orbis, 1995.
  • Moltmann, Jürgen. The Way of Jesus Christ: Christology in Messianic Dimensions. London: SCM, 1990.
  • Norris, Richard A. The Christological Controversy. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Christology: A Biblical, Historical and Systematic Study of Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Tilley, Terrence W. The Disciples’ Jesus: Christology as Reconciling Practice. New York: Orbis, 2008.
  • Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster. 2nd edn. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans and Carlisle: Paternoster, 1994.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Either: Essay of 3000 words engaging the relationship between classical or contemporary Christological discussions and Christian life and practice Or Group study resource of 3000 words engaging the relationship between contemporary Christological discussions and Christian life and practice

0 50.0

Essay of 3000 words evaluating the Christology of either the New Testament or the patristic period

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit record last updated: 2020-11-04 14:12:52 +1100