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Common Sense Bible Study

Are you as tired as I am of the chaos, hostility, and just plain weirdness of Internet theology forums? Let me introduce…

Common Sense Bible Study!

My name is Jay Carper, I’m the author of most of the content here at American Torah, and I want to help you filter out the noise and focus on building your faith and keeping God’s commandments through better Bible study! No pagan police. No Torah terrorists.

(Sign up now so you don’t miss any of the live courses or Bible studies!)

I have some thoughts on some of the amazing history and characteristics of the Bible…

Why another Bible study program?

Take a minute to think about this question. ↓↓↓

How often do you hear sermon or a Bible study lesson and think to yourself, “Eh…I’m pretty sure that’s not what that text means.”

Take your time. I’ll wait….

Yep. I thought so.

There are so many experts and self-appointed teachers out there with contradictory messages! It’s hard to tell who to trust. Studying your Bible shouldn’t be confusing or scary! Hearing God’s word should add joy to your life, not more burdens!

Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

That doesn’t mean there are no rules, only that following his rules should make your life better, not a drudgery!

I’m sure you’ve heard that experts don’t learn how to spot counterfeit money by studying counterfeits. They learn by intently studying the real thing. That’s what we’re going to do in Common Sense Bible Study!

  • The Chiasm Course! A five-part live teaching series on what chiasms are, how to find them in the Bible, map them out, and understand what their authors were trying to tell us through them.
  • Future step by step courses on how to read and understand the Bible. Who wrote it? Why? And who decided that this book stays and that one goes?
  • Weekly live, interactive Bible studies with a focus on practical application. The Bible gives us rules for living, so why don’t we live by them?
  • Moderated group conversations on all kinds of Bible topics. Everyone’s coming from a different place and has different questions. We’ll try to answer them together.
  • Quests and challenges to find biblical answers and practical advice for fellow believers facing real difficulties.

We all have doubts and questions, and nobody has all the answers. Nobody is right about everything.

When you begin to realize that your church taught you something contrary to Scripture, it’s tempting to reject everything else they taught you too. “If that was a lie, what else have I been lied to about!? So many traditions don’t seem to have any basis in the Bible!”

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Be careful! I want to help you work through these troubled times, but not everything you were taught is a lie. Most pastors spend a lot of time studying the Bible and they are trying to teach the truth. They were taught a mix of Biblical truth and man-made doctrine, just like you.

Our job isn’t to throw out everything we ever learned, but to test each doctrine against Scripture, to hold on to what is true, and reject only those things that aren’t compatible.

Do any of these situations sound familiar?

  • When Mike asked his pastor why the church didn’t observe the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week, his pastor said that Paul moved the Sabbath to Sunday but couldn’t remember where that was in the Bible.
  • Christine decided to try eating a biblically clean diet, but that’s a real challenge when her husband wants bacon for breakfast, pork chops for supper, and a shrimp platter on game day.
  • Since Kevin and Tara began trying to keep God’s commandments, their church friends have started avoiding them and their teenaged children are being excluded from church activities.
  • Chad’s cousin has been sending him links to a Bible teacher’s videos. He’s teaching some really far out ideas. Something doesn’t feel right about it, but he can’t refute the logic or the Scriptural arguments. Maybe this crazy guy is right…
  • We want to live according to God’s instructions, but it seems like we’re all alone here. The nearest like-minded family that we know of is over an hour’s drive away!

Bible study doesn’t have to be just for the experts!

Jay Carper
Jay Carper, creator of American Torah, Common Sense Bible Study, and The Chiasm Course

You don’t have to read Greek and Hebrew. You don’t need to go to seminary or Bible college.

The Bible is a big book and it can be complicated…but it’s not so complicated that you need an advanced education to understand it. I don’t have a theology degree, but I have been reading and studying the Bible for most of my life and learning to keep God’s Law for the last 25 years.

We’re all on a journey from who we used to be to who God wants us to become. You’re not alone. I know what it’s like to have questions, and I want to help you find your answers without interference from Torah terrorists and pagan police.

I’ve published hundreds of articles on my own websites as well as on a few others and almost 200 videos teaching on scriptural topics from the whole Bible. They’re all free, and I’ll continue to post new free content regularly!

But it’s not enough for me anymore just to explain the Scriptures to you. With Common Sense Bible Study, I want to help you understand the Bible for yourself!

(Yes! Count me in!)


Memberships are open now!

And I usually offer multiple options from low cost to free!

If you’re not happy with The Chiasm Course and the other benefits of Common Sense Bible Study, I’ll refund up to your last twelve months of membership!

Once there, click “Choose A Plan”.


Here is what some other people have said about my online teaching:

  • “I just found you on YouTube. I absolutely love your teachings and your character is such a breath of fresh air. It’s truly Christlike!” -Renee C.
  • I love you! Pro-Torah believer in Yeshua [Jesus], who urges people to not immediately disregard scholarship, but instead use our mind to discern and seek the truth…” -Rio K.
  • “Not gonna lie. When I clicked on this, I thought it was going to be some woke nonsense. Instead, it was sound biblical interpretation and application. A breath of fresh air. Great thoughts, brother.” -Jeremy E.
  • “WOWEE!!! The well-explained steps and questions are an answered prayer. Thank you. We really appreciate your encouragement, and we are excited to learn more.” -Kurt G.
  • “Shalom Jay! And may I say this stumbled-upon website was quite the pleasant find! I love your illustration of events to depict the journey of a Christian realizing Matthew 5:17. It is indeed so similar for many of us!” -Ronen B.
  • “Hey Jay, just wanted to say your knowledge and insight are amazing, no doubt a gift from GOD. I enjoy your Twitter post and videos….would love to see more!!!” -Douglass J. [Unfortunately, I’ve been banned from Twitter for pointing out obvious truths.]

Common Sense Bible Study might be a good fit for you if…

  • Bible study just doesn’t seem relevant anymore. What does all this ancient history have to do with life in the modern world?
  • You’ve been wondering why the Bible says one thing, while your church says another.
  • You’ve felt God calling you to greater obedience to his commandments, but you’re not sure what to do. It seems like there’s nobody around who understands.
  • Sunday School lessons just aren’t enough anymore. You want a deeper understanding of the Word of God.
  • You’re part of a regular Bible study group, but you feel like you don’t have a lot to contribute.
  • You lead a Bible study, but you’ve been struggling to keep it interesting and relevant to your students.

On the other hand, Common Sense Bible Study might not be for you if…

  • You love God and his Word, but you prefer to leave the studying and teaching to your pastor or priest.
  • You’re looking for a university-level course for credit or CEUs.
  • You don’t have the patience for a systematic Bible study.
  • You would never give up something that you and all your friends love because the Bible says God wants you to.
  • You believe God’s Law is irrelevant to Christians today and studying it can only trap people in legalism.

If anything in that last list describe you, no hard feelings. This community just isn’t a good fit for you, where you’re at right now. Maybe it will work better for you down the road.

Am I selling the Scriptures?

No. There are 100+ translations of the Bible available for free on thousands of websites, and I have many hundreds of articles and videos available for free elsewhere.

There are two plain and inescapable facts that make it necessary for me to ask for a voluntary contribution for access to the Common Sense Bible Study community:

  1. This community takes a lot of time and money to host.
  2. People are more committed to things they’re paying for.

I’m not charging an arm and a leg–in fact, I sometimes offer multiple options, including FREE–but I do need to ask for enough to pay for hosting, software, etc., and to ensure that the members of this community are committed to learning and helping each other grow into the people God wants them to be!

The Chiasm Course alone represents 100s of hours of study and preparation, but I’m not charging hundreds of dollars for it. You can choose from several payment (or non-payment) options and still get the same benefits for free.

Don’t miss out on any of the live courses or weekly Bible studies, as well as all the great projects we have planned for the future!

Come with me and together we’ll discover what the Scriptures are supposed to be, not what some central planning committee wants them to be.

Click here to sign up for Common Sense Bible Study and The Chiasm Course!

Welcome to our community. We’re going to learn a lot together!

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