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A controversy has erupted between Norman Geisler and Mike Licona over Matthew 27:52-53

"The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many."

Geisler maintains that this verse must be intepreted literally and that a failure to do so means a rejection of Biblical inerrancy. Licona interprets this otherwise and says that it can be viewed as apocalyptic imagery. Geisler says that Licona should recant over such a position. Licona replied that he could lean towards either position and also had some other scholars affirm that the position is still within an inerrancy position. The list of scholars originally posted was later deleted. But here's the list from Reclaiming the Mind:

W. David Beck, Ph.D.
Craig Blomberg, Ph.D.
James Chancellor, Ph.D.
William Lane Craig, D.Theol., Ph.D.
Jeremy A. Evans, Ph.D.
Gary R. Habermas, Ph.D.
Craig S. Keener, Ph.D.
Douglas J. Moo, Ph.D.
J. P. Moreland, Ph.D.
Heath A. Thomas, Ph.D.
Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D.
William Warren, Ph.D.
Edwin M. Yamauchi, Ph.D.


Norman Geisler:
First open letter
Second open letter

Mike Licona:
First open letter response

Albert Mohler:
The Devil is in the Details: Biblical Inerrancy and the Licona Controversy

Commentaries:
Near Emmaus
Deeper Waters
Alpha and Omega
Tekton Ticker
Southern Bread

Posted: 2011-09-30 11:25:34

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