Foundational Unit

2nd semester Thursday evening                                                                       (Min. No. 8)



“No-one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart who has made him known” (John1:18).  Ultimately, the normative source of our knowledge of God is what God reveals of Godself through Jesus the Christ. This unit introduces the study of theology, its sources and methods, through the study of Christology. It focusses on Jesus Christ, his life and ministry, his death and resurrection, and the subsequent reflection of the Church on his identity.





Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved in the quests for the historical Jesus and the fruits of these quests
  2. identify the theological issues at stake in a selected topic in Christology
  3. critically apply the sources of the Scriptures and contemporary theological writing to the discussion of a selected topic in Christology
  4. critically reflect on the identity of Jesus in the light of Scripture and Tradition.



1500 word essay (25%); 3000 word essay (50%); 1500 word summative reflection (25%)



* = set texts recommended for purchase

Bockhmuehl, Markus, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Jesus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Fuellenbach, John. The Kingdom of God: The Message of Jesus Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995.

Karkkainen,Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003.

Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier/Liturgical Press, 2012.

McDermott, Brian. Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier, 1993.

Matera, Frank. New Testament Christology. Louisville KY: Westminster, 1999.

Meier, John P. A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Vol 1-3. New York: Doubleday, 1991-2001. Volume 4. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Murphy, Francesca Aran. The Oxford Handbook of Christology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

O’Collins, Gerald. Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Pagola, Jose A. Jesus: An Historical Approximation. Columbia, FL: Convivium Press, 2012.

*Rausch, Thomas. Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.


Lecturer:    ROSS FISHBURN