Pathfinder Bible Achievement 2008
PBA is made up of four competitions. Your team of six players discusses each question among themselves and hands in their written answer to a judge. No answers are said out loud, so none of the teams know how they are doing in relation to the other teams (I should clarify that the correct answer is announced once all answers for a question have been handed in, but you don't know what the teams' answers were). There are varying numbers of teams at each event. At the end of the event the scores are added up and first place is awarded to each team that scores within 10% of the highest score. Theoretically every team could win a first place, although, sadly, I have never seen that happen. The first place teams proceed on to the next level of competition.
Today (2/9/08) was the first event for this year. It was at our local Area Level. Our team was one of two teams (out of nine) in our area to receive a first place, and so they will be proceeding to the Conference Level event next month. :)
After the Conference Level, there is the Union Level, and finally the North American Division Level. At the final NAD Level there are teams from Canada, United States and Mexico, and the questions are read in French, English and Spanish. Our team has won a first place two of the three times they have made it to the NAD. Last year they made second place at that level, which was disappointing but still an amazing accomplishment. Our team has never _not_ made it to the NAD Level, so they have a bit of pressure to keep up the good work.
~~~ The last four years of material covered~~~
2007 The last four chapters of Deuteronomy and the book of Joshua (very difficult!!!!)
Resources and study materials for this year's event can be found at www.matthewpedia.com/index.php/Matthewpedia.com