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Author:
Michael R. Licona
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978-0830827190
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IVP Academic (November 7, 2010)
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The question of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated and debated. And the results have varied widely. Perhaps some now regard this issue as the burned-over district of New Testament scholarship.

The question of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated and debated. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem? Yes.

Thus purportedly The Resurrection of Jesus historical investigations of the resur- A New Historiographical Approach rection of Jesus devolve invariably By Michael R. Licona into a predictable clash of world- InterVarsity.

Michael Licona’s thorough study of beliefs in Jesus’; resurrection is to be recommended, since it is informed of the social sciences . Title: The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. Author: Michael R. Licona.

Michael Licona’s thorough study of beliefs in Jesus’; resurrection is to be recommended, since it is informed of the social sciences, ancient data,. attends to the New Testament witnesses and engages most of the recent discussions. He rightly argues that the early Christians did not interpret Jesus’; resurrection in a metaphorical or poetic sense to the exclusion of a literal event that had occurred to his corpse.

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Yes, answers Michael Licona. And in The Resurrection of Jesus: A Historiographical Approach he convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. So he opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography in general, and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution to the ongoing struggle for methodoloical viability in historical Jesus scholarship. But then Licona carefully applies his principles and methods to the question of Jesus' resurrection. And he convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. So he opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution.

Michael R. Licona (born 1961) is an American New Testament scholar, Christian apologist and author. He is Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University and the director of Risen Jesus, Inc. Licona specializes in the Resurrection of Jesus, and in the literary analysis of the Gospels as Greco-Roman biographies. Licona was raised in a Christian family. When he entered Liberty University, he planned to become a musician and obtained an Bachelor's degree in music performance (saxophone). Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem? Yes, answers Michael Licona.

Published by IVP Academic (October 7, 2010). Purchase from Christian Book. Michael Licona does a masterful job at first grasping history, philosophy of history. There is then treatment of relevant texts during the epoch surrounding the New Testament.

The question of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated and debated. And the results have varied widely. Perhaps some now regard this issue as the burned-over district of New Testament scholarship. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem? Yes, answers Michael Licona. And he convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. So he opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution. But then Licona carefully applies his principles and methods to the question of Jesus' resurrection. In addition to determining and working from the most reliable sources and bedrock historical evidence, Licona critically weighs other prominent hypotheses. His own argument is a challenging and closely argued case for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Any future approaches to dealing with this "prize puzzle" of New Testament study will need to be routed through The Resurrection of Jesus.
  • I must admit that when I first heard of the controversy regarding Matt 27 passage, I was hesitant to buy this book. However it is because of that controversy that I finally decided to give it a shot and see what Dr. Licona had to say.

    I am so glad that I did! The controversy worked in my favor, because this book is by far the finest, most comprehensive and most honest work on the resurrection that I have ever read. Although I personally am not convinced of Dr. Licona's interpretation of Matt 27, I am open to it and I must admit that I do not fully understand the genre of apocalyptic imagery as well as he does. Yet that is only 2-3 pages of disagreement in a 700 page gold mine; and one thing that I am sure of is that if Dr. Licona is correct in his interpretation, then it most certainly is compatible with the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy! When scholars like Markus Vinzent are writing books and articles claiming that all four Gospels were written in the 2nd century as responses to Marcion's Luke, such ferocious and defamatory arguments against Dr. Licona by Norman Geisler over the genre of Marr 27:52-53 seem like a waste of time! Surely such a witch hunt is a modern example of the kind of divisiveness that Paul condemned in Corinth.

    I really am grateful for Dr. Licona's work on the resurrection and for the detail and open-mindedness with which he investigated the data. His respect for the arguments of other scholars and openness to investigate their views, makes his refutations of them all the more credible and powerful. I must admit that Dr. Geisler's explanations and harmonization's of biblical difficulties are sometimes so ad-hoc that they are prone to create doubt in the most devoted believer. I am grateful to Dr. Licona's work for being so honest and for making just good sense. I can now defend these alleged difficulties with confidence

  • In The Resurrection of Jesus, Dr. Licona presents a robust case for the resurrection of Jesus. His account is as thorough as it could be. Licona presents the reader with a methodology for how we can know history, all the while confronting opposing views with charity and clarity (e.g. postmodern views of history). He endorses a neutral methodology, as opposed to methodical skepticism and methodical credulity. In this approach, the one making the claim has the burden of proof to “prove” it.

    In this book, Licona presents the reader with a scale for knowing with varying levels of certainty. Also, he provides the reader with various criteria used by historians to examine theories that attempt to account for the evidence.

    There are many notable aspects to this work. Licona has a wonderfully informative section on miracles in which he examines the claims of various scholars (from David Hume to Bart Ehrman) who are detractors of miracles in some fashion. He examines the arguments of these scholars and rightly finds them wanting. Most importantly, he provides two criteria for identifying an event as a miracle. To be rationally justified in identifying an event as a miracle, the said event has to 1. Be a naturally impossible event and 2. Occur in a religio-historical context where one might expect God to act (or where such an act would make good sense). This section was very helpful to me. Licona truly destroyed the myth that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

    Concerning the positive case for the resurrection, Licona presents three key facts that are accepted by the vast majority of scholars of various stripes. These facts are 1. Jesus died by Crucifixion 2. Very shortly after Jesus’ death, the disciples had experiences that led them to believe and proclaim that Jesus had been resurrected and had appeared to them And 3. Within a few years after Jesus’ death, Paul converted after experiencing what he interpreted as a postresurrection appearance of Jesus to him. It is these facts that are bedrock to the case for the resurrection of Jesus. Theories must account for this data.

    When evaluating theories, Licona subjects them to various criteria for finding the best explanation. For example, a theory will be tested by its explanatory scope, explanatory power, plausibility, degree of ad hoc, and its illumination.

    Surprisingly, Licona does a convincing job of showing the resurrection hypothesis as being the best explanation over rival theories using only these three lines of evidence. He shows how the resurrection fulfills each of the criteria that make it the best explanation of the historical bedrock.
    This was a great work with little that could be added to it. It was very thorough and is, in my opinion, one of the most persuasive books on the evidence for the resurrection out there. The only thing that was missing was the mention of the criteria of authenticity, which are used by scholars to test whether something can be said to be historical with a higher probability. Licona regularly uses these criteria when examining what is bedrock. He just doesn’t explain them to the reader. In a way this makes sense as this book is geared towards academics. However, it would be profitable for those readers that are not as acquainted with historiography.