The course will offer a comprehensive and systematic treatment of the issues related to the person and mission of Jesus.
The successful student will be able to clearly articulate the following, with reference to the relevant texts from the tradition:
- The Christian understanding of the Old Testament and its relationship to Jesus, including the messianic expectations, and the Christian interpretation of central themes prefiguring Jesus, like the paschal lamb, the priesthood, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the law, the ark of the covenant, the temple, the Son of Man in Daniel 7, the suffering servant, the Wisdom of God
- The different theological understandings of Jesus in the Patristic era
- What was at stake in the Seven Ecumenical Councils, the various positions involved, and the Christological dogma expressed, including an understanding of the position and error of the heresies of Docetism, Adoptionism, Sabellianism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Monophysitism, Monothelitism, Iconoclasm. A clear understanding of the terms involved, like homoousios, communicatio idiomatum, person, nature, hypostatic union, etc.
- The various issues surrounding the person of Jesus as expressed in the patristic debates and set out in the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas
- Various theories of atonement: the patristic era (particularly Irenaeus, Anselm, Maximus), Anselm, the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, the Protestant Reformation, and the Counter-Reformation
- Issues surrounding the Resurrection
- Modern Christologies as expressed by Karl Rahner, Edward Schillebeeckx, Hans Urs von Balthasar, as well as liberation and feminist perspectives and issues surrounding Christology a pluralistic world