Seeking Truth Together: The Yale Bible Study Series

How do we teach the Bible so it becomes more central to our lives?

In 2007, a church in New Canaan, CT discovered something old and invented something new. The Congregational Church of New Canaan discovered the power of small-group dynamics, a communal model as old as the apostolic age. They gathered laypeople willing to trust each other and talk together about life-and-faith issues. Not least, they found a way to present biblical expertise in a compelling, practical format. They called on Yale Divinity School for help.

YDS Dean Harold Attridge and YDS professor emeritus David Bartlett agreed to record a series of Bible conversations, capturing their give-and-take discussions, usually in 15-minute video segments, and to create accompanying study guides and thought-provoking discussion questions. The church distributed the materials to the small study groups (up to a dozen people each), which committed to meeting regularly for eight weeks. The result was the Yale Bible Study Series, beginning with the Gospel of John and Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.

The series has grown to include studies from the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and themed studies, with additional studies being created each year. It is our hope that participants will find the series informative, challenging, and inspiring.

Featured Courses

Genesis

Duration: 8 week

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Genesis

The magnificent beginning of the Bible tells the story of the creation of the universe through the cataclysmic flood. These stories have been told and retold for thousands of years. Today the challenge is understanding the way those timeless tales speak to our modern understanding of history and science.

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Exodus

Duration: 8 week

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Exodus

Exodus is the second book of the Pentateuch, and it continues the narrative of how the nation of Israel came to be. The book picks up in Egypt at Joseph's death, then carries us through the story of the Israelites' oppression in and removal from Egypt.  Over the course of…

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The Gospel of Matthew

Duration: 8 week

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The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew has some of the most familiar stories of Jesus’ life, making it a great study for beginners. It is also beautifully nuanced which should appeal to those who have spent some time reading and thinking about the scriptures of the New Testament.

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The Gospel of Luke

Duration: 8 week

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The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke is undoubtedly a masterfully woven narrative filled with skillful characterizations and beautiful poetic verse. Contained within its chapters are some of the most theologically significant parables in the Christian community to this day. It is the first of a two volume work comprised of this Gospel…

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Romans

Duration: 8 week

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Romans

Paul's letter to the Romans has been enormously influential in the development of Christian faith, Christian theological reflection, and Christian practice.  This course seeks to examine why Paul wrote to the Romans, what he seeks to say to them, and what this means in the context of Jewish-Gentile relations at…

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First Corinthians

Duration: 8 week

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First Corinthians

Paul's often-quoted pastoral letter addresses many issues related to living in Christian community.  Problems facing the Corinthian congregation of the first century are remarkably applicable to life in Christian community in the twenty-first century.  This study offers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of being in community where members…

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