YBS Courses

  • Incarnation: Fleshing Out the Bible’s Christmas Stories

    Duration: 4 week

    Free

    Incarnation: Fleshing Out the Bible’s Christmas Stories

    A four-week, online Advent study examining how the Gospels approach the nativity story.

  • Women in the Bible

    Duration: 12 week

    Free

    Women in the Bible

    Reading about the women in the Bible reveals a great deal more than simply the stories of a few individuals. Through the women’s trials and triumphs, the text offers various (sometimes contradictory) pictures of gender, family life, and relationships. Our modern understanding of gender may not translate directly onto the…

  • Easter and Passover

    Duration: 4 week

    Free

    Easter and Passover

    The spring holidays of Passover and Easter have been intertwined since the earliest periods of Christianity. Each represents the defining event of Judaism and Christianity, respectively: the Exodus from Egypt and the resurrection of Jesus. This course discusses the biblical origins of the two holidays; how Easter grew out of…

  • Genesis

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    Genesis

    From the magisterial six-day creation through Adam and Eve, the flood, the sacrifice of Isaac, and the Joseph story, Genesis contains many of the most well-known and beloved passages in the whole Bible. These are texts that have grounded beliefs and shaped faith communities for over two millennia. Where do…

  • Exodus

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    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…

  • The Books of Samuel

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    The Books of Samuel

    The story of the Hebrew people moves from the time of nomadic tribes governed by judges who emerged in the time of crisis to the era of Israelite monarchy. It is in the books of Samuel that we read the stories of Samuel, Saul, and, of course, the main character…

  • Psalms

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    Psalms

    This eight-session study explores the great collection of Hebrew poetry. The Psalms expresses the widest range of human emotions: from anguish to joy, from need to thanksgiving. There is truly a psalm “for every occasion”: from hymns to prayers to songs to celebrations to laments. Unlike almost every other part…

  • Wisdom Literature

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    Wisdom Literature

    The biblical books generally categorized as wisdom literature include Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) and Job. These books are the closest to philosophy that the Hebrew Bible offers: they explore the question of how much of the world we can know, and how we can know it; how to live a good…

  • First Isaiah

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    First Isaiah

    Powerful advocate for social justice, advisor to kings – Isaiah of Jerusalem embodied the notion of “speaking truth to power.” His words are timeless, but they were spoken in a particular time and place, for the purpose of bringing about change in the world Isaiah saw around him, a world…

  • Second Isaiah

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    Second Isaiah

    Among the most beautiful biblical poetry, and most uplifting prophecy, belongs to the prophet known as Second Isaiah. The prophet who called on Israel to “Prepare a way for the Lord,” who proclaimed “Comfort, comfort, O my people,” and who gave us the lasting image of the suffering servant, is…

  • Daniel

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    Daniel

    The book of Daniel tells the story of a Jew who rises to prominence in a foreign court. It is not a smooth road: he struggles to stay true to his faith; he must interpret the king’s dreams, accurately; he must resist the temptation to adopt the culture and practice…

  • The Gospel of Matthew

    Duration: 8 week

    Free

    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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