Mike Licona, PhD

Mike Licona

Contact:

Office Address: ATWD I 229
Phone: (281) 649-3383

MLicona@hbu.edu
Associate Professor of Theology

Education

  • M.A. in Religious Studies, Liberty University
  • PhD. in New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria

Courses Taught

  • Philosophy of History
  • Resurrection of Jesus
  • A Synopsis of the Four Gospels

Teaching Focus

New Testament Studies, Apologetics

Publications

  • The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2010).
  • Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010), co-edited with William A. Dembski. Four essays of mine are included: “Can We Be Certain That Jesus Died on a Cross? A Look at the Ancient Practice of Crucifixion”; “Were the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Hallucinations?”; “Is Jesus the Only Way?”; “What About Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel?”
  • Paul Meets Muhammad (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006).
  • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004), co-authored with Gary R. Habermas. Recipient of Christianity Today’s “Award of Merit” (i.e., second place for “Book of the Year”) in Apologetics.
  • Cross Examined (Virginia Beach: TruthQuest Publishers, 1998).
  • Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock: What to say to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door (Virginia Beach: TruthQuest Publishers, 1998).

Essays/Chapters in Books
  • 2 forthcoming book essays: (a) Historiography and Historical Jesus Studies; other contributors include James D. G. Dunn, N. T. Wright among others (Brill, Jan van der Watt, ed., forthcoming); (b) Historiographical Considerations in a debate between Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels (Fortress, Robert Stewart, ed., due December 2012).
  • “Fish Tales: Bart Ehrman's Red Herrings & the Resurrection of Jesus” in Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics, Paul Copan and William Lane Craig, eds. (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012, pp. 137-50).
  • “Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?” and “What are the Crucial Differences between Muhammad and Jesus” in the Apologetics Study Bible for Students (Nashville: B&H, 2010).
  • “Paul on the Nature of the Resurrection Body” in Buried Hope or Risen Savior: The Search for the Jesus Tomb, Charles L. Quarles, ed. (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2008), 177-198.
  • “Crucifixion of Christ” in The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics: Surveying the Evidence for the Truth of Christianity, Ed Hinson and Ergun Caner, eds. (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2008), 118-121.
  • Interviewed by Lee Strobel in The Case for the Real Jesus (2007).
  • “The Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection” in The Big Argument: Twenty-Four Scholars Explore How Science, Archaeology, and Philosophy Have Proven the Existence of God, Ashton, John F. and Michael Westacott, eds. (Sydney, Australia: Strand, 2005), 428-448.

Journal Articles
  • "In Reply to Habermas, McGrew, and McCullagh” in Southeastern Theological Review 3.1 (2012), 55-69.
  • “A Roundtable Discussion with Michael Licona on The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (Danny Akin, Craig Blomberg, Paul Copan, Michael Kruger, Michael Licona, and Charles Quarles)” in Southeastern Theological Review 3.1 (2012), 71-98.
  • “Did Jesus Predict His Death and Vindication/Resurrection?” in Journal for the Study of -the Historical Jesus 8.1 (2010), 47-66.
  • “Historians and miracles – the principle of analogy and antecedent probability reconsidered” with Jan G. van der Watt in Hervormde Theological Studies 65.1 (2009).
  • “The adjudication of miracles: Rethinking the criteria of historicity” with Jan G. van der Watt in Hervormde Theological Studies 65.2 (2009).
  • “Using the Death of Jesus to Refute Islam” in Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics 2.1 (2009), 87-110.
  • “Proof of the Resurrection” in Discover (November, 2007).
  • “Making a Case for the Resurrection at 36,000 Feet” in Christian Research Journal 29:5 (2006).

Book Reviews
  • The Reliability of the New Testament: Bart Ehrman and Daniel Wallace in Dialogue by Robert Stewart, ed. (Review of Biblical Literature [RBL], August 12, 2011)
  • Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter by Daniel A. Smith (RBL, December 15, 2010)
  • The Resurrection: History and Myth by Geza Vermes (RBL, July 5, 2008)
  • The Empty Tomb Tradition of Mark: Text, History, and Theological Struggles by Mark W. Waterman (RBL, March 31, 2007)
  • Lo, I Tell You a Mystery: Cross, Resurrection, and Paranesis in the Rhetoric of 1 Corinthians by David A. Ackerman (RBL, September 16, 2006)
  • The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N. T. Wright in Dialogue by Robert B. Stewart, ed. (RBL, September 9, 2006)
  • Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters by Dale C. Allison (RBL, August 12, 2006)
  • Text and History: Historiography and the Study of the Biblical Text by Jens Bruun Kofoed (RBL, February 18, 2006)
  • Exegetical Essays on the Resurrection of the Dead by Samuel M. Frost (RBL, November 5, 2005)
  • Historiography and Hermeneutics in Jesus Studies: An Examination of the Work of John Dominic Crossan and Ben F. Meyer by Donald L. Denton (RBL, June 11, 2005)
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright (RBL, June 19, 2004)

Baptist Press Articles
  • “We must prepare the next generation to defend the faith.” (May 18, 2011)
  • “Faith, Doubt, and the Resurrection of Jesus.” (April 21, 2011)
  • “Why were the four N.T. Gospels selected and not others?” Fifth column in a five-part series examining Bart Ehrman’s objection to the reliability of the Gospels (Sept. 18, 2009)
  • “The problem of differences: Do the Gospels contradict one another?” Fourth column in a five-part series examining Bart Ehrman’s objection to the reliability of the Gospels (Sept. 17, 2009)
  • “The problem of dating: When were the Gospels written?” Third column in a five-part series examining Bart Ehrman’s objection to the reliability of the Gospels (Sept. 16, 2009)
  • “The problem of authorship: Who wrote the Gospels?” Second column in a five-part series examining Bart Ehrman’s objection to the reliability of the Gospels (Sept. 15, 2009)
  • “Bart Ehrman: A skeptical scholar not to be ignored” First column in a five-part series examining Bart Ehrman’s objection to the reliability of the Gospels (Sept. 14, 2009)
  • “Bill Maher, gullibility and the glass house” (February 23, 2009)
  • “Darwin at 200: Academic fascism” (February 13, 2009)
  • “Is Jesus the only way? (Part 4)” Final column in a four-part series on the exclusivity of Christianity (July 25, 2008)
  • “Is Jesus the only way? (Part 3)” Third column in a four-part series on the exclusivity of Christianity (July 24, 2008)
  • “Is Jesus the only way? (Part 2)” Second column in a four-part series on the exclusivity of Christianity (July 23, 2008)
  • “Is Jesus the only way? (Part 1)” First column in a four-part series on the exclusivity of Christianity (July 22, 2008)
  • “Is Mormonism Christian? (Part 3)” Final column in a three-part series on Mormonism (December 7, 2007)
  • “Is Mormonism Christian? (Part 2)” Second column in a three-part series on Mormonism (December 6, 2007)
  • “Is Mormonism Christian? (Part 1)” First column in a three-part series on Mormonism (December 5, 2007)
  • “Has the family tomb of Jesus been found?” (February 27, 2007)
  • “What are we to do about Islam?” (January 26, 2007)
  • “Should Christians see ‘Da Vinci’?”(May 26, 2006)
  • “Who selected the books in the New Testament?” Final column in a five-part series examining the claims of The Da Vinci Code (May 19, 2006)
  • “Is our Bible what originally was written?” Fourth column in a five-part series examining the claims of The Da Vinci Code (May 18, 2006)
  • “Did Christianity ‘borrow’ from other religions?” Third column in a five-part series examining the claims of The Da Vinci Code (May 17, 2006)
  • “Was Jesus’ divinity an afterthought?” Second column in a five-part series examining the claims of The Da Vinci Code (May 16, 2006)
  • “Making evangelism good news again” (May 16, 2006)
  • “Was Jesus married?” First column in a five-part series examining the claims of The Da Vinci Code  (May 15, 2006)

Conference Papers
  • “Viewing the Gospels as Ancient Biographies Resolves Many Perceived Contradictions,” to be delivered at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society on November 15, 2012 in Milwaukee, WI.
  • “When the Saints Go Marching In: Historicity, Apocalyptic Symbol, and Biblical Inerrancy,” delivered at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society on November 17, 2011 in San Francisco, CA.
  • “The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach,” delivered at the Evangelical Philosophical Society on November 18, 2010 in Atlanta, GA.
  • “What are Historians to do with Miracle Claims,” delivered at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society on November 14, 2007 in San Diego, CA.
  • “The Risen Jesus: Casper or Corporeal,” delivered at the International Society of Christian Apologists on June 1, 2007 in Kansas City, MO.

Additional Information

Mike is a frequent speaker on university campuses. He has engaged in numerous public debates, usually on the historicity of Jesus' resurrection. His personal web site includes videos of several of his lectures, debates, and random thoughts in a series named "Musings." Visit www.risenjesus.com.