Michael R. Licona (born July 17, 1961) is a Christian apologist and New Testament scholar who has debated many academic non-Christian scholars like Dan Barker, Richard Carrier, Shabir Ally, and Bart Ehrman on the topic of the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus.
Dr. Licona earned a Ph.D in New Testament studies from the University of Pretoria.
In 2010, Licona published a book titled The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (IVP Academic), a book that has been described as one of the most important contributions to resurrection research since N.T. Wright's The resurrection of the Son of God. In 2016, Licona published another monograph titled Why Are There Differences In The Gospels? In this book, Licona's most recent monograph, Licona seeks to understand a number of differences in the Gospels narratives, not as contradictions, but as the result of the Gospel authors telling their stories in different ways by using different literary compositional devices common to other Graeco-Roman biographies besides the Gospels in the era of Jesus.