The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. By Michael R. Licona. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2010, 718 pp., $40.00.
Michael R. Licona’s The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (IVP Academic, 2011), represents a substantive scholarly contribution to the wealth of academic literature on the resurrection. In this series of 4 blog essays, I am providing an in-depth interaction with Licona’s careful work. In the first two essays I covered the book’s overall structure and Licona’s significant historical work on historiography, miracle-claims, historical Jesus sources, and bedrock data concerning Jesus’s fate. In this post, I want to engage Licona’s assessment of various historical hypotheses that seek to account for the historical bedrock. Next week, we will critically analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and contributions of the overall work.
Chapter 5 – Weighing Hypotheses
Having discussed historical methodology, the possibility of investigating historical miracle-claims, the relevant historical sources, and the historical bedrock pertaining to Jesus’ post-mortem fate, Licona finally turns to the crux of the matter—determining what actually happened to Jesus after his crucifixion.