Jesus, Contradicted Audio Lectures

Why the Gospels Tell the Same Story Differently

by Michael R. Licona, Michael Licona

On Sale: 2024-05-28

Book Summary

New Testament scholar Michael Licona offers a fresh approach to the question of differences, discrepancies, and apparent contradictions found in the Gospels.?

About the Book

These audio lectures are a unique learning experience. Unlike a traditional audiobook's direct narration of a book's text, Jesus, Contradicted Audio Lectures includes high quality live-recordings of college-level lectures that cover the important points from each subject as well as relevant material from other sources.

The differences and discrepancies in the Gospels constitute one of the foremost objections to their reliability and the credibility of their message. Some have tried to resolve Gospels contradictions with strained harmonization efforts. Others conclude that the Gospels are hopelessly contradictory and, therefore, historically unreliable accounts of Jesus.?

In Jesus, Contradicted Video Lectures, New Testament scholar Michael R. Licona shows how the genre of ancient biography, to which the Gospels belong, actually allows biographers to be flexible in how they report events, construct narratives, and make arguments. Licona demonstrates that the intentional changes to the Gospels by the Evangelists are not grounds for their rejection. Instead, they are a result of the Gospel writers employing standard literary conventions for ancient biographies.??

Using Plutarch's work, Licona offers numerous examples of compositional devices employed in Plutarch's biographies and compares them with instances in the Gospels where the Evangelists appear to use similar techniques. Licona also examines Theon's Progymnasmata, a first-century textbook that provides several techniques for paraphrasing sources when writing a narrative. In doing so, Licona helps learners understand why the Gospels report many events differently. Finally, he addresses the thorny question of whether the editorial moves commonplace in ancient biography are compatible with the doctrines of the divine inspiration and the inerrancy of Scripture.?

Rather than trying to resolve discrepancies by bending the Gospel narratives, which risks making them say things they aren't saying,?Jesus, Contradicted?Video Lectures situates the Gospels within their proper context and helps account for differences in the Gospels in a cohesive and historically cogent way.

Session Titles and Runtimes:

1 - The Quest for a Better Answer (20 min)

2 - Normal Variation in Reporting and Use of Sources (20 min)

3 - Who Wrote First? (30 min)

4 - The Gospels as Biography (19 min)

5 - Truth-Telling in Ancient Biography (26 min)

6 - Compositional Textbooks (31 min)

7 - Plutarch and More Compositional Devices (23 min)

8 - Transferal (21 min)

9 - Displacement (32 min)

10 - The Outer Limits of Compositional Devices (33 min)

11 - Fine-Tuning Our Doctrine of Scripture: Inspiration (45 min)

12 - Fine-Tuning Our Doctrine of Scripture: Inerrancy (43 min)

13 - Final Thoughts (20 min)

Product Details

  • Imprint: Zondervan Academic
  • On Sale: 2024-05-28
  • Publisher: Zondervan Academic
  • Series: Zondervan Biblical and Theological Lectures
  • Publication Date: 2024-05-28
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  • Category 1 : RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
  • Category 2 : RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Exegesis & Hermeneutics
  • Category 3 : RELIGION / Biblical Studies / History & Culture