Why Are There Gospel Differences?

In this Faithlife Live webinar, hear from Mike Licona, who will discuss why reading the Gospels as first-century biographies of Jesus that conform to the literary conventions of that era explains why they often tell the same story differently.

Mike is a New Testament scholar, Christian apologist, and author. He is an Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University and the director of Risen Jesus, Inc.

Check back each Monday for a new webinar, or head to faithlife.com/live to see all past guests.

Take an advanced course on the Gospels with Mike Licona

Explore the genre of the Gospels as well as their historical reliability in New Testament: Advanced Gospel Studies Certificate Program with Mike Licona and others.  Upon completing the program, you’ll be able to identify the specific audiences for each of the Gospels and distinguish the themes emphasized by the different authors.

Units include:

  • The Great Commission
  • Ethics and the Kingdom
  • Examples of Jesus’ Miracles
  • Signs, Watchfulness, and Judgment
  • And more

Get New Testament: Advanced Gospel Studies Certificate Program now.

Study the resurrection with Mike Licona


The question of the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated, and debated. And the results have varied widely. Perhaps some now regard this issue as the burned-over district of New Testament scholarship. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem?
Michael Licona says yes. He convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. Licona opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution.
But then he carefully applies his principles and methods to the question of Jesus’ resurrection. In addition to determining and working from the most reliable sources and bedrock historical evidence, he critically weighs other prominent hypotheses. His own argument is a challenging and closely argued case for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Any future approaches to dealing with this “prize puzzle” of New Testament study will need to be routed through The Resurrection of Jesus.

Get The Resurrection of Jesus by Mike Licona now.

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