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What You'll Find Here
- Free courses and samples for those wanting high quality Bible Study, or who may want to “test drive” our program at no risk;
- A specific, step-by-step path for reading biblical texts conversationally (this is not at all the same as when people talk about “having conversation with God” through prayer; this is a much more deep-level interaction with biblical texts);
- LIVE (person-to-person) online, weekly, biblical-text study courses that are unlike anything else available on the web (this is neither Sunday school nor college—this is real-life Bible study for real-life people);
- Ability to merely "take a class" (LIVE or recorded);
- OR ability to enroll in a focused LIVE study program;
- Two major courses of study:
(a) English biblical text only (Gold): Over 500 hours (and growing every month) of high quality recorded biblical-text study courses and materials ;
(b) English and Greek biblical text (Platinum): Over 1000 hours available to Platinum members;
- Occasional LIVE Events at various locations around the US (so far we have met together in Texas, Tennessee, and Indiana).
Who Are We?
IABC is an organization of adult Christians devoted to responsible, contextual, and conversational readings of biblical texts. Under the leadership of Gary D. Collier (Ph.D. biblical studies), IABC communally developed the PROBE approach for reading biblical texts conversationally.
Our goal is to engage biblical authors in conversation through energetic interaction with their texts. In this way, we seek an active and ongoing conversation with God, and we seek to impact how people around the world engage biblical texts.
We seek light and enlightenment through careful readings of biblical texts. By starting up conversations with biblical authors through their texts, we believe that God speaks with us still.
Our Study Partners
Our Study Partners are highly motivated Christian Bible readers. We are English speaking and come from a variety of Christian faith backgrounds, are women and men, are multi-racial, cover all adult ages, and come primarily (at this point) from the US and Canada. We have also seen some interest from Romania, Poland, and Argentina. We seek to cut across racial and cultural boundaries—a kind of “Bible Study Partners without fences” concept.
Our Primary Focus
Our primary focus is the pursuit of responsible and contextual biblical-text study which seeks to apply academically sound approaches to everyday, real-life settings. Our ultimate goal is to achieve and teach conversational biblical text interactions that bring all readers closer to God, to his longing for us, and to his people.
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Free Sample Courses
Not only great, free information and encouragement, these are also samples of what we believe,
how we proceed, and why we promote Biblical Conversation.
LIVE & Recorded Courses
LIVE courses year round that meet online every week (except holidays). Every course we teach gets recorded LIVE and is available for later viewing.
5 Study Tracks
The only way into our classes and materials is through tracks.
Free, Bronze, Silver,
GOLD and PLATINUM
The last two are
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24/7 Energetic Discussion
A very active and energetic email-based discussion group for ongoing discussion throughout every week. Especially for those in the Gold and Platinum tracks.
Face-to-Face LIVE Events
We've had 4 LIVE events:
Indiana; Tennessee; Houston, TX; and Palestine, TX. We are on hold for more of these until Covid is settled.
This is a focused Bible study group that . . .
- takes biblical texts seriously,
- is willing to ask tough questions,
- will challenge you to your best thinking,
- respects traditional understandings
but is not afraid to engage them,
- and is more than Sunday school
but not mere academic study.
If this is what you're looking for,
we're looking for you!
"Nothing comparable to this exciting innovative program!"
"Having a cup of coffee with the authors of the NT" is both an exciting and appealing way to conceive of what is a unique encounter with the text of the NT. Gary Collier, the moving force behind the program, is an extremely gifted Bible scholar and at the same time an especially exciting and effective teacher. Those who participate in this program will not only receive the very best instruction but will find practical resources for their spiritual life and their daily walk. I know of nothing comparable to this exciting innovative program and I am happy to recommend it with the highest enthusiasm.
Professor Donald A. Hagner, Ph.D.,
George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament,
Fuller Theological Seminary
in high-definition quality!"
[The following note was sent, unsolicited, to our study group
by Lee, a longtime member of the group, during the year-long study topic
"The Apocalyptic Context of the Bible."]
I was unable to attend LIVE on Sunday, so I just now finished watching the recording. I’m grateful that our sessions are recorded for us and are available in our online Virtual Commentary. The recording is first class in terms of technology. Those who have not been with us from the beginning (2012) are likely not aware of how much work/time/money has been put into the process of developing such high quality video recordings. I am very pleased that IABC has invested so heavily in this area. Watching the video is almost like being there in person. There were a number of times in watching the recording when I just about started to type something in the chat box 😊.
Not only that, the class content bears witness to the same level of investment. It’s nice to start getting a sense of how the journey we have taken thus far in the study of the roots of Apocalyptic concepts through the literature of ancient Mesopotamia and the like will bear fruit in our contemplation of Biblical texts.