Instructions for Bible study groups
- Jot down what you already know about the event or person.
- Locate the Bible/gospel passages for the story/ person you are researching.
- Read the passages carefully. If they are from the gospels, make sure you read the different accounts of the event in each gospel.
- Divide the story into segments. Each segment should represent one event, speech or idea in the story.
- What questions do you have about each segment? Jot them down.
- What questions do you have about each character or event in the story? Jot them down.
Now do some research on the topic: work from the general to the specific.
1. What are some key words and ideas that come to mind? Jot them down. Put keywords in a computer web search like the one below.
Take notes. Record each source of information for your bibliography, if you need one.
2. Locate general and specific texts in your library (commentaries, encyclopaedias, reference texts). Take notes. Record each source of information for your bibliography, if you need one
WRITING UP YOUR RESEARCH
3. Put the notes in order under each of the sub-headings you made earlier.
4. Sequence the notes so that they gradually tell or explain the story.
5. At the top of each sub-section, write one important question that you think might interest your reader/teacher.
6. Write your answers to the questions.
7. Leave for a day. Rewrite. Run a spell-check on your work. Edit.
8. Attach your bibliography.