The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 7, 2010 - Religion - 718 pages
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.

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User Review  - vanjr - LibraryThing

A very complex, academically oriented book dealing with histogram (which is not the same as history ). The chapter on how do we know if we know history did drag, but is a useful exercise. This book is not a typical Christian approach, but a historical investigation. Read full review

A large waste of ink.

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One comment on this book stated that we have to give an account for scripture. We DO? What passage? I have two masters and thats news to me. This book is a way of trying to appeal to us more educated ... Read full review


Important Considerations on Historical Inquiry
The Historian and Miracles
Historical Sources Pertaining to the Resurrection of Jesus
The Historical Bedrock Pertaining to the Fate of Jesus
Weighing Hypotheses
Summary and Further Conclusions
A Review of Dale Allison on the Resurrection of Jesus
Author Index
Scripture Index

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Michael R. Licona (Ph.D., University of Pretoria) is associate professor in theology at Houston Baptist University. He is the author of Paul Meets Muhammad (Baker, 2006) and coauthor with Gary Habermas of the award-winning book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (Kregel, 2004). Licona is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also a frequent speaker on university campuses and at churches, and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

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