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    Who is Jesus and what is his significance? Considers Christian thinking about the person and work of Jesus from the early church to the present day.

    Jesus of Nazareth is without doubt the most influential figure in human history. It is claimed by Christians that this lowly human being, a friend of outcasts and sinners who was eventually crucified for disturbing the religious and political waters of ancient Palestine, is both one with us in his humanity, but also the one in whom God is present. What are we to make of this claim? What foundation does it have in the Bible? How have its implications been understood through the course of Christian history? This paper investigates the reality of Jesus and considers his ongoing significance for human life today.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Person and Work of Christ (Advanced)
    Subject Christian Thought and History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
    CHTH 211, CHTH 218, CHTH 311, CHTX 211, CHTX 311
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology
    May not be credited together with CHTH217 or CHTH317 passed in 2007, 2009 or 2011 or CHTX217 or CHTX317 passed in 2007, 2009 or 2011.
    Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
    Professor Murray Rae:
    Teaching staff
    Lecturer: Professor Murray Rae
    Paper Structure

    The paper will be comprised of four modules.

    Module 1: Doing Christology

    Module 2: In the Beginning was the End? Classical Christology
    Module 3: Modern Developments in Christology

    Module 4: The Work of Christ


    • Essay (2,500 words) 25%
    • Essay (3,000 words) 35%
    • Exam (two hours) 40%
    Teaching Arrangements

    Campus: One two-hour lecture per week.

    Distance: Five videoconferences through the semester, and a teaching day.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Course outline

    View the course outline for CHTH218-318

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper should have
    • Acquired a sound grasp of the key stages in the classical development of Christian claims about the status, nature and significance of Jesus and discovered some of the major ways in which these claims have been challenged, interpreted and restated in modern Christian theology
    • Developed an ability to discern the connections between the logic of Christological statements and the contours of Christian belief as a whole
    • Furthered their assessment of the relevance of historical doctrinal developments for a contemporary systematic theology and extended their understanding of how habitual ways of approaching doctrinal themes may be enriched by an awareness of past as well as present thinking
    • Considered the ways in which the study of Jesus Christ can be enriched through attending to a range of cultural perspectives
    • Advanced their skills of critical analysis, their sensitivity to diversity of opinion and their ability to articulate coherent intellectual arguments
    • Extended their capacity to read and think deeply about the internal logic of Christology and the interrelations between its core concerns concerning the nature of faith, history, knowledge, salvation and ethics
    • Acquired a deeper appreciation of the degree to which Christology necessarily lies at the heart of an entire Christian vision of God and the world


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
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