This unit will explore biblical, historical, and contemporary responses to the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’ Students will critically investigate answers offered from both within and outside the Christian traditions and will formulate their own theological responses.

Unit code: CT2002W

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Identify a range of issues concerning the significance of Jesus in the contemporary world


Articulate the distinctive christological emphases of several biblical and extra-biblical sources


Explain the theological issues at stake in the development of the historic credal formulations

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: 18 points in CT


The unit will comprise of lectures and group discussion (offered both live and asynchronous) engaging with the topic for the set module and based on assigned readings.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Alison, James. Raising Abel: The Recovery of the Eschatological Imagination. 2nd edn. London: SPCK, 2010.
  • Athanasius. St. Athanasius on the Incarnation: The Treatise De Incarnatione Verbi Dei. Translated by The Religious of C. S. M. V. 2nd edn. London: A. R. Mowbray, 1953.
  • Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics IV.1. Translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley. Edited by Geoffrey W. Bromiley and Thomas F. Torrance. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1961.
  • Forsyth, P. T. The Person and Place of Jesus Christ: The Congregational Union Lecture for 1909. London: Congregational Union of England and Wales/Hodder & Stoughton, 1910.
  • Frei, Hans W. The Identity of Jesus Christ: The Hermeneutical Bases of Dogmatic Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003.
  • Keck, Leander E. Who is Jesus? History in Perfect Tense. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001.
  • Moltmann, Jürgen. The Way of Jesus Christ: Christology in Messianic Dimensions. Translated by Margaret Kohl. London: SCM, 1990.
  • Rutledge, Fleming. The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2017.
  • Song, Choan-Seng. Jesus in the Power of the Spirit. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2002.
  • Tanner, Kathryn. Christ the Key. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Turman, Eboni Marshall. Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Torrance, Thomas F. The Mediation of Christ. Colorado Springs: Helmers & Howard, 1992.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Document Study

Document Study

1000 25.0
Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

1000 25.0


2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 27 Oct, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-10-27 11:23:26 +1100