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My Advice to Students — 3 Tips from Bruce Longenecker

Jeremy Bouma on September 17th, 2014. Tagged under ,.

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Jeremy Bouma (Th.M.) has pastored on Capitol Hill and with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Michigan. He founded THEOKLESIA, which connects the 21st century Church to the vintage Christian faith; holds a Master of Theology in historical theology; and makes the vintage faith relevant at

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For today’s advice post, we’ve got a three-piece special from Bruce Longenecker, professor and author of the new book Thinking Through Paul.

We figured since it was the start of a new school year, you needed all the advice you could get!

Longenecker’s three-piece special touches on the theological, the historical, and the linguistic:

  1. Theological: “Avoid buying into the view that history has nothing to do with theology, and theology has nothing to do with history.”
  2. Historical: “Any student who wants to explore the world of the New Testament needs to get to the Vesuvius towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum as soon as possible, and as often as possible.”
  3. Linguistic: “Learn Latin, to unpack the Greco-Roman world as well as possible.”

Some sound advice, methinks, some of which I wish I would have had seven years ago!

Listen to Longenecker unpack his advice, and then consider how it applies to your academic year.

-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)

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