Michael R. Licona

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Michael R. Licona
BornMichael R. Licona
(1961-07-17) July 17, 1961 (age 52)
Baltimore, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Pretoria
Spouse(s)Debbie Licona
Children2
 
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Michael R. Licona
BornMichael R. Licona
(1961-07-17) July 17, 1961 (age 52)
Baltimore, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Pretoria
Spouse(s)Debbie Licona
Children2

Michael R. 'Mike' Licona (born July 17, 1961)[1] is an American New Testament scholar and Evangelical Christian apologist. Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Pretoria) which he completed "with distinction" and the highest mark as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Liberty University. He was the Apologetics Coordinator at the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention) through 2011 and is now Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University. Licona specializes in defending the Resurrection of Jesus.

Matthew 27 controversy[edit]

In a passage in his 2010 book, The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, Michael Licona questioned the interpretation of the story of the resurrection of the saints in Matthew 27, and suggested the possibility that it might be apocalyptic imagery. This led to controversy with fellow Evangelical scholars Norman Geisler and Albert Mohler, who both accused Licona of denying the full inerrancy of the Bible in general and the gospel narratives in particular.[2] Licona maintained that adjusting an interpretation on a text is not a denial of inerrancy. In the course of events, Licona resigned in 2011 from his position as research professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary and as apologetics coordinator for the North American Mission Board (NAMB).[3] Other Evangelical scholars such as William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, and Gary Habermas voiced their support for Licona by signing an open letter to Geisler.[4] In a round table discussion on the issue, Craig Blomberg urged that another educational institute of similar prestige offer him a teaching role.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Licona is married to Debbie and has two children; a daughter Allie and a son Zach.

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