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: CT3201C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


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


Produce an articulate response about Jesus as the answer to the question of meaning which is at the heart of contemporary culture.


Formulate a developed understanding of the central issues and the phases in the quest for the historical Jesus.


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the Gospel texts and appreciate their confessional nature


Summarise and assess the developing Christology of the New Testament.


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


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

Unit sequence

Two levels of Systematic Theology


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 650 words

0 10.0

Essay 2,000 words

0 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 650 words

0 10.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 650 words

0 10.0
Oral Examination

Oral Examination 15 minutes (1,000 words)

0 20.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-16 09:08:56 +1000