- You have chosen your text
- You have explored it
- What other insights can you use?
- These are important, but bonus
1. Books etc.
a. Bible software
b. Alternative translations
- Formal equivalent – more literal: NASB / RSV2.
- Mediating versions: NIV
- Functional equivalents, Free: Message
- How to choose: https://youtu.be/xrkr0CDDeRM , 2016
- One author/book – specialists in that book
- Newer rather than older
- New commentary when start new project
d. Bible dictionaries
- Dictionary of NT etc.
- IVP set
h. Original languages
- What do you think this passage is all about?
- Do you know any resources you suggest I try?
- “I’m thinking this is the point, what do you think?”
- Be discerning
- Question: What resources do you have available?
- Question: How can you make best use of them?
- Next time: how to select your point
“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4 NIV11)
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