This advanced unit seeks to critically examine Jesus Christ’s engagement with the people who were categorized as at the social margins. Through a survey of ‘Jesus Christ and margins’ in the biblical and patristic works, the unit will determine how this has been appropriated by contemporary theologians to articulate a contextual Christology. By tracing this perspective from the Gospels, ante-Nicaean and post-Nicaean teachers, and modern theologians, this unit seeks to understand the missional significance of conceiving Christology through the life of vulnerable communities.

Unit code: DM9720A

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


analyse the origin and the development of Christology.


critically assess the Christological challenges throughout the centuries in relation to the engagement with marginalised peoples.


critically evaluate christologies from contextualized and mission-focussed theological perspectives.


research a specific topic in a critically rigours, sustained and self-directed manner at postgraduate level.


have the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigours, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

No prerequisites, no prohibited combination of units


asynchronous and synchronous lectures and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Beeley, Christopher A. The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition. New Haven: Yale University Press,2012.
  • Biehl, Michael., & et al. Witnessing Christ: Contextual and Interconfessional Perspectives on Christology. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag. 2020.
  • Brown, Peter. Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2002.
  • De La Torre, Miguel A. Reading the Bible from the Margins. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2002.
  • Gerald, O’Collins. Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Jax, Aurica., & Saskia Wendel. Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ: Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2020.
  • Krikorian, Mesrob K. Christology of the Oriental Orthodox Churches: Christology in the Tradition of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Frankfurt: Peter Lang GmbH, 2010.
  • Lentz, Robert. Christ in the Margins: Icons and Biographies. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2003.
  • Moss, Yonatan. Incorruptible Bodies: Christology, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity. California: University of California Press, 2016.
  • Samartha, S.J. One Christ- Many Religions: Toward a Revised Christology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 3000 40.0
Essay 4000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 6 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-06 15:07:04 +1000