My Advice to Students — Fred Sanders Says Master These 3 Things

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9780310517092While I eventually learned in seminary that you can’t master it all, I wish I would have had this advice from Fred Sanders, theologian and co-editor of Advancing Trinitarian Theology.

Rather than shotgun it, he advises theology students to focus by mastering these three things:

Master a major doctrine. “Resist the temptation to find some little tiny detail no one has looked at, but face up to a central doctrine of perennial importance.” Master a classic work (or two). While he says to stay up on the latest journal articles and scholarship, Sanders says know “a big old musty book” or two backwards and forwards. Master research languages early on. “Even though it’s a little bit crazy-making climbing the barrier of…

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My Advice to Students — 3 Tips from Bruce Longenecker

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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:

Theological: “Avoid buying into the view that history has nothing to do with theology, and theology has nothing to do with history.” 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.” Linguistic: “Learn Latin, to unpack the Greco-Roman world…

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