My article “What are the Primary Sources for Jesus’s Resurrection?” in The City, 9.1, 2016, 23-30. In the study of history, primary sources are the documents and artifacts closest to the matter being investigated. They are dated very close to the events they describe. In contrast, secondary sources use primary sources when writing about a… Read More
August 22, 2016; Revised August 23, 2016 My next book is scheduled for release this December: Why Are There Differences in the Gospels: What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017—available December 1, 2016). This book is the culmination of seven and a half years of research that sought to… Read More
“Jesus: Resurrected or Rescued?” was a debate between Dr. Mike Licona and Dr. Shabir Ally at the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) on April 1, 2016.
This is a 4-part dialogue between Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona on the question “Are the Gospels historically reliable sources on Jesus?”
Read Here This issue of Southeastern Theological Review features an introduction by Robert Stewart and Heath Thomas, assessments of Licona’s book by Gary Habermas, Timothy McGrew, and Behan McCullagh, Licona’s reply to Habermas, McGrew, and McCullagh, and A Roundtable Discussion on Licona’s interpretation of Matthew 27:52-53.
“An Assessment of the Present State of Historical Jesus Research” is a popular level summary in a chapter included in a book by Sean McDowell, A New Kind of Apologist (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2016), Used by Permission Michael Licona A few years ago, I boarded a plane for a very long flight. I had… Read More
The movie “Risen” that many of us have anticipated is now showing in theaters. I just watched it with my wife, daughter, and son-in-law. I’m not going to spoil the movie for others by getting into many details. In fact, aside from the fictitious main character—a Roman Tribune—and some expected dramatic license, there were very… Read More
There are a lot of free Bible study apps available today. For many, this is all they need. But some want the ability to go deeper—much deeper. These need a robust software package and there are three companies that have offerings of the highest quality: BibleWorks, Accordance, and Logos. I have all three and find… Read More
Training in rhetoric was part of the educational process for aspiring authors in antiquity. That process included work using compositional textbooks, also referred to as rhetorical handbooks. Exercises in these trained the student to alter texts in the interest of paraphrasing. Not surprisingly, when reading ancient texts, including the Gospels, we observe their authors altering their source texts as trained. This practice resulted in differences in the way a story was reported. The differences are minor but of interest.