Licona Articles


“Licona Controversy” Articles

Dr. Geisler’s writings on the Licona Controversy

Dr. Geisler’s First Open Letter to Dr. Mike Licona  (Aug 2011)

Second Open Letter to Dr. Mike Licona (Aug 2011)

Historical Testing for the Genre Theories (April 2014)

Vital Issues in the Inerrancy Debate (January 2016)

Was Mark Confused, or was it Mike Licona? (August 2016)




Other writings and videos from Dr. Geisler that Remain Germane

The ETS Vote on Robert Gundry at their Annual Meeting in December 1983

Evaluations of Robert Gundry’s ViewsExplaining Biblical Inerrancy

Methodological UnorthodoxyBeware of Philosophy:A Warning to Biblical ScholarsExplaining Evangelicals and Redaction Criticism: Dancing on the Edges

How To Interpret the Bible (and Bible Prophecy) (Youtube video – 50 minutes)

[The common and unfortunate practice of “spiritualizing” prophetic Bible passages may lend itself towards “spiritualizing” other passages that some may label “apocalyptic” (prophetic).]

Purpose Doesn’t Determine Meaning (Youtube video)

Allegorically or Literally? (Youtube video)

Any Evidence for the Resurrection of Saints in Matthew 27? (Youtube video)


Other Bible Scholars and School Presidents Who Take Their Stand on Full Historicity of the Gospels

Paige Patterson Speaks out on the Licona Issue (Dec 2012)

Public Responses to the Slanderous Youtube Videos (Dec 2011)

Dr. F. David Farnell’s Critique of the Genre Interpretation of Mt 27:51-53 (Jan 2012)

Dr. Moody, Dr. Ergun Caner, and the Faculty, Staff, and Student Body of Arlington Baptist College Take Their Stand (Feb 2012)

Another Southern Baptist President (Dr. Emir Caner) Speaks Out on the Licona Issue (Feb 2012)

Former President of Gordon-Conwell Seminary (Dr. Walter C. Kaiser Jr.) on the Licona Issue (Feb 2012)

Dr. Mark M. Hanna Stands Beside Dr. Geisler Against Theological Erosion (Feb 2012)

Dr. Christopher Cone Examines Licona’s Historiographical Method (April 2012)

Benjamin Hlastan Expresses the Missiological Implications of Licona’s Approach(May 2012)

Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Judgment:  “Not Even Remotely Compatible with ICBI” (May 2012)


Links to Other Excellent Blogs and Links

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Application

Dr. Thomas Howe’s Blogs:
The Real IssueAuthorial Intention
Matthew and Sinai
Matthew and Daniel

Dr. Richard Howe on Mike Licona an Inerrancy

JETS 48/2 (June 2005) 301–16

Robert L. Plummer

An Interesting Blog:

The Resurrection of the Jerusalem Saints at the Feast of the Firstfruits
by Gordon Franz

[Given the general consensus that Matthew wrote his gospel with a Jewish audience in mind, does it makes more sense for a Bible Scholar to attempt to use knowledge of second-temple rabbinical genre to to try to shed light on the raising of the saints in Mt. 27 or to use some Roman authors of a pagan genre to try to cast doubt on it?]

An Interesting Passage:

Mt 11

2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

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