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Gather and Share Information
…from your notes.
Back at intersection you made a list of what you know and what you need to know about your problem. Return to that list as you begin to gather and share the information you need in order to generate possible solutions to your problem.
…from the Bible.
Into the New Testament problems are designed to get you reading the Bible, but in ways that are different from what you may be used to. So when you read the primary text for your problem, read it with the help of:
…from other sources.
Pep Talk: You Can Read—Really!
You may want to gather information from online or print resources such as a Bible dictionary, commentaries on the New Testament book you are reading, or an introduction to the New Testament like Luke Timothy Johnson's The Writings of the New Testament. Where Johnson's introduction has material relevant to the problem you are working on, Into the New Testament will point you to the relevant pages.
Reading what other people think about your text is not a bad thing unless you use it as a substitute either for (1) reading the Bible or for (2) figuring out what you think about your text. How do you keep from depending on other "professional readers" for insight into the text? Refraining from reading other sources until late in your information-gathering process will help you guard against giving those sources more authority than they deserve. Study the text on your own before you turn to the commentaries.
Go to What You Need for bibliography on reference books mentioned on this page.
Problem-based learning is a team sport. At every step of the way, other people are sure to see things that you have missed.
Tips for Sharing Information
Think of ways to consult with others as you work on Into the New Testament's problems. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Read with others. | Unless you are in a class with a teacher who thinks this is a bad idea, split up the tasks of reading. One person reads multiple translations, another uses a concordance to check out key words, someone else outlines the text: all as a way of gathering information in order to generate possible solutions to a problem you are working on together. After gathering information individually, you meet to share it and follow up on questions that surface for the group.
NT1210 students: your online group can be a resource as you work on Into the New Testament's problems.
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