We advocate for a Responsible reading of biblical texts.
To immediately download our PROBE Guide to biblical text study (4 pages),
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Reasonable, Sensible, & Faithful?
Responsible "Biblical-text study"
is a conversation with biblical authors
through their ancient texts—
more than popular devotional musings;
more than narrowly focused academic detail.
Embracing reason, logic, and rationality,
it refuses to cave-in to dogmatic requirements
or fadish societal or political whims.
Not disdaining the path of human discovery
or hiding in the crevices of ancient customs,
it engages eagerly, willingly, and energetically
in the ongoing enterprise called "humanity."
Embracing the Spirit and Wisdom of God,
it breaks with authoritarian conformity
and refuses to dumb down biblical texts.
It is no accident that Jesus directed humankind toward the heart of ancient wisdom:
you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind, and with all your strength.
(Mk. 12:30 RSV; quoting Dt 6:4-5 and Jos 22:5)
This is not only faithful, it is also both reasonable and sensible.
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Our Current LIVE Study Project 2022
"Paul and a Conversational Reading of Romans" is our current year-long focus. In this communal study, we eagerly pursue the principles of Biblical Conversation on a week-by-week, text-by-text basis. Since weekly classes are being recorded LIVE, you can enter at any time.Click Here for Full Details
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What Are Others Saying?
"Nothing comparable to this exciting innovative
"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.
Preacher, Elder, Student of the Word
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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. Collier taught biblical languages and/or literature at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA., Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO., and Martin University, Indianapolis, IN. before founding in 2004 what is now IABC. A full academic bio will open in a new window here.
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 come from all walks of life. PhD's, MD's, college degrees, no degrees---highly motivated Bible readers, all. They are women and men from various races, and cover all adult ages they live in the US, Canada, and parts of Europe. Those attracted to what we offer have the following traits:
- although respectful of traditional readings, they all want to think critically about the Bible and Biblical texts.
- they are, or want to become, independent Bible thinkers.
- they might be independent Bible students, or they might be small-group leaders, ministry leaders, teachers, preachers, pastors, elders, deacons, or missionaries.
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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You Can Find Free Courses & Materials Here
Courses & Materials
Kick the tires and test drive our program.
LOTS of free sample courses, videos, PDF's and more.
These will show you how we proceed and why we promote Biblical Conversation.
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Ongoing LIVE & Recorded
LIVE courses year round that meet online every week (except holidays). Every LIVE session is recorded and made available for 24/7 review.
A very active and energetic email-based discussion group for ongoing discussion throughout every week. For those in the Gold and Platinum tracks.
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How to start a conversation
with a biblical author.
Watch this energetic 2 minute video, then download the 4 page PROBE Guide.
Free PROBE Guide (4 pgs)
5 essential steps for deeper Bible study
and 7 key reasons you should use PROBE