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. He convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. Licona 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, he 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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The resurrection of Jesus is—in many ways—too important a topic to be left to theologians! In this thoroughly researched and well-argued volume, Mike Licona brings the latest in discussion of historiography to bear on the question of Jesus’ resurrection. In a discipline that is often overwhelmed by theological special-pleading, it is refreshing to have this sober and sensible approach to the resurrection that evaluates the historical data and the arguments of many of the scholars writing on the subject. There are few biblical scholars who will not learn something from this important book.
—Stanley E. Porter, president, McMaster Divinity College
This book is the most thorough treatment on the resurrection and historiography to date, useful also to those studying the intersections of philosophy of science, history, and theology. Drawing masterfully from a wide range of disciplines, Licona builds a coherent case showing that the best explanation for our evidence involves Jesus’ historical resurrection. Licona’s research also makes clear that the frequent skepticism about this claim in much of the academy reflects not serious historiographic consideration but the mere inheritance of outdated philosophic assumptions.
—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Theological Seminary
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.
—James H. Charlesworth, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary
For any reader [Licona] will be a most thorough, thoughtful, and courteous companion on his book’s long journey through its important and contested terrain.
Licona develops a surprisingly fresh and rigorous historiographical approach analyzing data and interpretations from the eighth century BC up to the third century AD.