This unit will deal with aspects of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Particular attention will be paid to the question of Jesus as the question about the meaning of life; the search for the historical Jesus, and the New Testament origins of Christology. A systematic approach to the question of the self-understanding of Jesus, God and man, will also be developed.
Tutorial work will canvas key aspects of the theology of the Trinity.

Unit code: CT9201C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an advanced capacity to read, understand and respond creatively to the issues raised in each tutorial text.


Explain and elaborate on the implications of Jesus as the answer to the question about meaning which is at the heart of contemporary culture.


Identify and explain the significance of the central issues and the phases in the quest for the historical Jesus.


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the Gospel texts and an appreciation of their significance as confessional documents


Formulate and express a nuanced understanding of the Christology that developed in the New Testament.


Articulate a theologically informed and critical understanding of Jesus’ self-awareness.


Apply theological insights creatively and critically to contemporary issues in Christology, such as the relationship between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith


Engage in a specific topic of research amongst contemporary issues in Christology in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence



A variety of learning resources – lectures, guided reading, peer discussion, tutorials, formative feedback on assessment tasks and electronic resources for further study – will enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the unit.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Allison, Jr. Dale C. The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
  • Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to New Testament Christology. New York: Paulist Press, 1994.
  • Dupuis, Jacques. Who Do You Say I Am? Introduction to Christology. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1994.
  • Johnson, Elizabeth A. Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology. New York: Crossroad, 1990.
  • Kasper, Walter. Jesus the Christ. New ed. London: T. & T. Clark, 2011.
  • Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Christology: A Biblical, Historical and Systematic Study of Jesus Christ. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Powell, Mark A. Jesus as a Figure in History: How Modern Historians View the Man from Galilee. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.
  • Rausch, Thomas P. Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2003.
  • Schweitzer, Don. Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 750 words

750 10.0

Essay: 4,000 words

4000 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 750 words

750 10.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 750 words

750 10.0
Oral Examination

Oral Examination 15 minutes (1,000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000