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 three essays I summarized and interacted with the main chapters. Now it is time to dive into some constructive criticism.
Critique and Concluding Thoughts
Licona’s New Historiographical Approach to the resurrection of Jesus truly is unique and valuable. He makes a significant addition to the conversation about a central issue in Christian doctrine and history. He provides an unparalleled discussion of historiographical concerns, including a rational and persuasive summons to all historical Jesus scholars to bracket their own horizons when approaching their subject-material. Nonetheless, no scholar is perfect, and there are a couple of critiques I would like to close with.