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, while others have come to believe that we simply do not have th adequate methods to make the controversial results of the field of any use. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem?
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. In addition to determining and working from the most reliable sources and foundational historical evidence, Licona critically weighs the viability of others' 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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Review 1 for The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach
A large waste of ink.
Date:June 14, 2012
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 types about something we need to simply accept by faith. If you do NOT believe in the resurrection, I assure you this volume won't make you beleive it. You, my friends have to take it on FAITH. Jesus had the intellect, the tools, and ability to prove his resurrection but he chose not to do so. This is so his church would have the most crucial component: FAITH. In all respect to Mr. Lincona, it's a good well thought out book. But there is so much material out there to read that I have to simply say this was a waste of money and time. I already know the resurrection has been proven. If Jesus is not risen, I assure you the Pharisees would have produced the corpse. Why can't people just accept it or reject the resurrection? I truly do believe many intellectuals should be concerned with seeking the hungry, the naked, and feeding and clothing them as opposed to making arguments that only appeal to PhD candidates and frankly serve little, if any other purpose. It is a good book-but only if you have lots and lots of time to belabor these nuances of who wrote what and said this or that 2,000 years ago. Read Luke's Gospel. That tells me what I need to know with my many years of education and is sufficient for the churches needs to this day!
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Review 2 for The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach
Great book, not for beginers
Date:March 9, 2012
Location:San Antonio TX
The book is amazingly written; but a word of caution it can be over the heads of most laypeople at times, but so far an overall great book.
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Review 3 for The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach
The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical
Date:January 27, 2012
Location:State College, PA
Excellent! A wonderful book that takes new eyes to a subject that is shrouded in so much unthinking worship that the truth is nearly buried. As Christians we are called to answer for scripture, and you can't do that unless you examine Scripture through new eyes. If we are going to grow in our faith then we need to move past the emotional understanding of our "spiritual youth" and grow toward a mature understanding of the events of its development and the writers intent. With that understanding we can respond more deeply to the questions that seems to impede our church. Buy this you won't regret it.