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Online Course: Introduction to Bracketing

This online, interactive course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method. It features personal and extensive feedback on eight different assignments. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of James together.


Basic enrollment  $59 ($49 with early enrollment)
Discussion enrollment  $99 ($89 with early enrollment)  recommended
One-on-one enrollment  $149 ($139 with early enrollment)


In this course, you will bracket through James 1.

Enrollees to this course will receive 2 free months of The Biblearc Subscription.

Format  There will be nine 30 minute lectures, released twice per week. Each lecture will be followed by an assignment due three days later. Assignments turned in on time will be corrected and returned before the release of the next lecture. Assignments turned in late, but prior to the end of the course, will be corrected and returned within three days. Lectures will be indefinitely available to participants.

Length  This is a 4-week course.

Prerequisites  None

Discussion enrollment  In addition to lectures and feedback, discussion enrollment gives you a one-hour group discussion time each week with the instructor of the course. Groups are made up of 5-9 students.

One-on-one enrollment  One-on-one enrollment allows you to enjoy a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course. Rated 5 / 5 stars in significance by former one-on-one enrollees.

Instructor  Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Work load  Between the lectures (1 hr/wk) and assignments (~5 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 6 hours per week on this course.

Grading  While participants will receive lots of feedback on course assignments, there will be no official grading of this course.

From former students

“Matthew 7:8 says ‘the one who seeks finds.’ I must say if you are really on the search to know God this is a great tool for it.”

“No Bible study method has helped me see and enjoy more in God’s Word than arcing and bracketing. The bracketing class covered the basics of the method while also encouraging the student to excel still more. I’m grateful to God for”

“This class was terrific! I often think I see the connections among verses of scripture, but sometimes have a hard time drawing out the actual relationship. This class really helped me “connect the dots.” Arcing and bracketing have quickly become one of the most used arrows in my quiver of bible study tools.”

“This course is, in my opinion, a necessary investment for any serious preacher and Bible study leader who does not have prior experience in bracketing. Bracketing offers so much to the process of exegesis and sermon preparation – and for the price of this course and what you get in return, it will be one of the most worthwhile uses of your money.”

“Learning the bracketing method has not only helped me to dig deeper for more insight into God’s word, but it has really helped to ground both my mind and heart in it!”

100% of former students surveyed recommend this course to others!

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18 comments for “Online Course: Introduction to Bracketing

  1. Dwain Sachs
    July 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Do you have a basic Bible Arching Course offered on CD’s for those in rural areas without reliable internet connections?

    • July 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      No, we do not have the option at this time.

  2. Charlotte Flowers
    July 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Andy, is this the same course I just took, or is this the prequel I requested?

    • July 31, 2014 at 7:23 AM

      This course is meant to be more basic than the course which you took, however I would not call it a prequel. We received feedback from several people who took the last course (like yourself) that it was too difficult for someone coming in with absolutely no arcing experience. Thus, we have tried to adjust this course in several ways to be more helpful for the newby. The biggest difference in terms of difficulty is that this course’s assignments will be much shorter, from a section of scripture that is easier to arc (James 1). If you are motivated to give arcing another shot, I do think this course could be better for you, especially if you sign up for either “discussion enrollment” or “one-on-one enrollment” to get some extra helps. (Note that today is the last day to enroll if you are interested!)

  3. August 1, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I have already completed the arcing 101 course offered on, and feel fairly confident with the concepts, but am looking for feedback and help with some of my arcs, as well as a more guided study. Would it be possible to do the Epistles course, or should I start here?

    • August 3, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      I would recommend you take the Epistles course.

  4. Loke Tan
    August 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Hi Andy,
    I am considering the “Bracketing” course as the next step after “Arcing 101”.
    A few questions:
    How does one decide to use either Arcing/ Bracketing for any given text?
    Is each technique better suited for certain texts?
    Can they be used in conjunction when understanding the same text?

    There seems to be no information in regards to the timing for the discussions as well, or perhaps I somehow missed spotting the link/ info.

    Thanks & regards.

    • August 28, 2014 at 4:08 AM

      I would not recommend you taking the Introduction to Bracketing course because it parallels very closely the Introduction to Arcing course that you are already finishing up. See this link for the difference between the two methods. Having established a good foundation in Arcing, you actually can probably pick up using Bracketing by just reading that post, looking at the “Using the Bracketing Module” help video and seeing a few examples. Instead, I would recommend you take The Logic of the Epistles, which is a second level arcing/bracketing course.

  5. John Draper
    September 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Is it too late to sign up for basic enrollment?

  6. Chris
    November 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    When is the next class and when is the soonest enrollment date?

    • November 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      The next offering of Introduction to Bracketing will run Jan 19 – Feb 16. We will be opening this course up for enrollment the beginning on Dec. Hope to see you there!

  7. Daniel Jemibewon
    December 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I’ve just enrolled in the bracketing course, could you please tell me the schedule for both the release of lectures and assignment due dates (Days of the week)?



  8. Jonathan Kroeker
    March 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I’m interested in taking “Introduction to Bracketing,” but can’t find where I can enroll in that course. Is there a way to take it as a pre-recorded module, or do I need to wait until the next time it’s offered?

    • March 29, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      Given that the course involves various interactive aspects and not just the lectures, it is only available over certain dates. At present we do not have an announcement of when it will next be offered. Sorry!

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