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.