The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach

Is the Bible true? Are Bible translations bad? What language is the Bible?

I’m a theology nerd.

Yes, it’s true…and I’m not afraid to say it out loud. I’m hoping that someone will read my mind and get me this book for Christmas. Or Hanukkah. Or Flag Day. It’s not the kind of book that everyone will love, but it’s my kind of book. What is it?

It’s a scholarly work written by Mike Licona. Based on his doctoral dissertation, it’s apparently the first book of its kind: a defense of Jesus’ resurrection from a historical perspective. Licona is an expert in first-century historiography, and that makes this book different. His doctoral work wasn’t a slam dunk, either…it was approved by a secular university, so you know it’s not an ‘inside job’.

Here are two videos featuring Mike Licona. Whether you’re a theology nerd like me, or a regular normal person, you’ll probably be fascinated by the discussion. Licona’s work is, in part, an answer to scholars like Bart Ehrman who claim that the New Testament gospels weren’t written by eyewitnesses. Take a little time to listen in.

Part One

Part Two