An Indepth Study of the history and writings of the Prophet Isaiah
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Required Text Books
Summaries of Scriptural History from Abraham to Second Coming
You are welcome to read through the following articles I have written the summarizes the scriptural history from Abraham through the second coming, a history necessary to understand to fully appreciate Isaiah's writings:
Daily Reading Assignment Scheldule
January 12, 2016 Assignment
This program is 58 minutes long and found on BYUTV. It relates the "compelling story of the miraculous events that led to the creation and publication of" the LDS Scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price) with the Bible being published in 1979 and triple combination in 1981. This new edition of the scriptures are absolutely critical for members of the Chuch for the present and future generations of Church members. In the October 1982 general conference of the Church, Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles devoted an entire talk about the new edition of the scriptures. In that talk he declared: "The older generation has been raised without them, but there is another generation growing up. The revelations will be opened to them as to no other in the history of the world. . . They will develop a gospel scholarship beyond that which their forebears could achieve." ("Scriptures," Ensign, Nov. 1982, p. 53)
Write-up Instructions: As you watch this program, note in writing the number of things you learned about (1) the purpose for producing the new edition of the scriptures, (2) the hand of the Lord throughout the process of its production, (3) list the various people(s) involved in the production of the LDS scriptures, and (4) in what way has this video helped you gain an appreciation for the new edition. The write-up should be typed, single-space, and kept to one page. At the top please write the title of the production, your name, course title and time. Bring hard copy of write-up to be handed in at class time.
Jan. 14, 2016 Assignment
Read through Rober L. Millet, "Prophets and Priesthood in the Old Testament," Sperry Symposium Classics: Old Testament , pp. 48-48. Write-up: Complete a write-up, typed, single spaced, one to two pages (stapled if two pages) in two parts with a bolded heading for each part: PART ONE: Summary of main point and each subpoint (a paragraph for each); PART TWO: List insights you gained through this reading (you may use bullets or numbers to separate between each insight). [20 pts]
Jan. 19 Assignmnet -- The Abrahamic Covenant formation of the House of Israel
This is a study of the Abrhamaic Covenant made with Abram (who's name was changed to Abraham), Isaac, and Jacob (who's name was changed to Israel). The following reading assignment takes you through the major places where "the promises made to the fathers" (D&C 2) can be found. You will read these verses and then complete a write-up (the instructions for write-up are found below).
Please read: Abraham 1:1-19; *2:6-11 (Major vss. for Abr. Cov.); Genesis 12:1-8 (in particularly 1-3); 14:14-18 (note JST changes); 15:1-18; 17:1-24 (note JST changes); 22:15-18; 26:1-5; 28:10-22; 35:1-15. [ AS YOU READ THROUGH THE GENESIS VERSES READ ALL THE CHAPTER SUMMARIES FROM GEN. 12-35 SO YOU ARE GETTING THE STORY LINE CONTEXT OF THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT VERSES.]
*Bruce Satterfield, "The Abrahamic Covenant" (Discussion of covenant with chart)
Write-up instructions: Part One: List down all the promises mentioned in two categories; promises to be fulfilled in mortality and promises to be fulfilled in the eternities. Part Two: Try to determine how these promises relate to yourself. Part Three: Questions you have from the reading you would like to discuss in class. Make sure assignment name, your name, course are on top of write-up. If more than one page STAPLE IT!! There is no stapler in the classroom. [15 pts]
The following are passages of scripture were discussed in class:
Matthew 22:35-40--The first two great commandments that all other commandments fall under
D&C 76:50-70--Discussion of the Celestial Kingdom
JST Genesis 14:25-40; Alma 13:17-19--Melchizedek and the city of Salem
Hebrews 11:8-16--Abraham wanted to achieve a city like Enoch and Melchizedek
Abraham 2:6-11--Abrahamic Covenant (from Abraham a nation would come to bless all the world)--this nation is the seed of Jacob or Israel
Exodus 1:5 - the House of Israel that came to live in Egypt is only 70 persons big
Genesis 46:1-4--Jacob is worried about leaving the land of promise and living in Egypt but the Lord promises him that in Egypt He will make of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob "a great nation"; i.e, a people of size, large size
Jan. 21 Assignment -- The Lord is going to establish the Nation to bless all the world
This assignment is about the Lord's first attempt at creating a "nation" to bless all the world. Please read: Exodus 19: 1-6; 24:3-18; 32:1-35; 34:1-17 (also the chapter summaries fromExodus 19-34); Leviticus 25:1-20; Deuteronomy 27:1-13; 28:1-14 (blessings), 15-25,63-68 (curses). MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR FOOTNOTES LOOKING FOR JST CHANGES.
Write-up instructions: Part One: Summarize what is told and promised to Israel in each of the above passages of scripture. Part Two: make a list of promises (both good and bad). Part Three: things from this reading you don't understand or would like to discuss further in class.
Jan 26 Assignment--The Government of Ancient Israel: the Judges, the Monarchy
God's Earthly Government During Old Testament Times (Power Point)
No Written assignment--Time to be working on Jan 28th assignment
Jan 28 Assignment--The Scattering and Gathering of Israel
Please read through and study the following article: Bruce Satterfield, "Church History and the Scattering and Gathering of Israel"
Write-up: Produce a write-up (typed or handwritten) that details the scattering of Israel (include discussion of some of the scriptures citing the scattering) and the gathering of Israel in the last days. Review the three phase process of the gathering including approximate dates for the various phases.
Feb 2 The "Big Picture" Background of Isaiah's Writings Essay (see above for details) due at beginning of class!
Feb 4 Isaiah 1: Main points and subpoints (by paragraphy) 16 pts
Feb 9 Isaiah 1: 10 Ten Hebrew words from Isa. 1
Feb 11 No Writen assginment (spend time working on your Isaiah notebook--see grading syllabus)
Mar 8 ASSIGNMENT DUE: Read Bruce R. McConkie, Come: Let Israel Build Zion, Ensign, May 1977. Write-up in Two-Parts:  Comprehensive Summary of the introduction and the talk. Review the three phases of the gathering of Israel. Discuss Zion and Enoch's pattern. Discuss the two things accomplished by the gathering to Zion. Finally, what are we to do RIGHT NOW in gathering Israel?  List insights you gained from this article. Bullet each insight. (30 Pts)
Mar 10 Finish Isaiah 6
Mar 15 Isaiah 49 (For each of the following Isaiah cahpters through 54: Bring to class a write-up that summarizes each paragraph of the chapter and the main point of the chapter. Write-ups due at beginning of class--hand in at end of the class.)
Mar 17 Isaiah 50 (bring write-up and hand in at end of class)
Mar 22 Isaiah 51 (bring write-up and hand in at end of class)
Mar 24 Isaiah 52 (bring write-up and hand in at end of class)
Mar 29 Isaiah 53 (bring write-up and hand in at end of class)
Mar 31 Isaiah 54 (bring write-up and hand in at end of class)
[Monday Apr 4 Notebook due to my office -- Taylor 216, box by door-- by noon. On the FIRST PAGE indicate by number  how many chapters of the 66 chapters of Isaiah you read, and  how many chapters you completed the write-up for; i.e., the main point and each subpoint.)
Apr 5 Essay DUE! NOTEBOOK Handed back.
First Major Assignment
The Scriptural "Big Picture" Background of Isaiah's Writings
DUE FEBRUARY 2 at the beginning of class
You will be required to produce a 2-3 page single spaced typed essay (fully documented using scripture and teachings of the brethren) that reviews the "big picture" that is in the background of Isaiah's writings including:
To complete this assignment, you will be required to complete several reading assignments starting on Jan 14th through the 28th. These assignments will give you the information you will need to complete this write-up.
Criteria for essay
Library and Interent Sources that will aid in your study of Isaiah
To do the same for any other book of the Old Testament or the New Testament (which was written in Greek) click on the following:
Background Material Necessary to Understanding the Writings of Isaiah
Click here for the main Topics from the Background Material Necessary to Understanding the Writings of Isaiah
Overview and Outline of the book of Isaiah (This will help you understand what you are reading)
Isaiah 1-39 This consists of an excellent overview of the book of Isaiah, chapter by chapter (pages 54-60). It is followed by an OUTLINE of Isaiah 1-39 (very bottom of page 60 through 64).
Isaiah 40-66 (This consists of a discussion, chapter by chapter, of the content of Isaiah 40-66. It is followed by an OUTLINE of Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah Poetic-Parallel Versions
Isaiah 1 (NIV Translation)
Isaiah 1 (The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation by H.L.Ginsberg)
The New King James Version of Isaiah
Isaiah 5 (Resources)
"Grapevine" and "Beverages," in Philip J. King and Lawrence E. Stager, Life in Biblical Israel (2001), pp. 98-103
"Parable of the Vineyard: Isaiah 5," in Victor L. Ludlow, Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet (1982), pp. 111-125
"Isaiah 5," in Donald W. Parry, Jay A. Parry, and Tina M. Peterson, Understanding Isaiah (1998), pp. 50-61.
Isaiah 7 (Resources)
"Incense," The Anchor Bible Dictionary
"Incense," The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible
Quotes Used in Class
Bruce R. McConkie, "Come, Let Israel Build Zion"
Power Points Presentations
Instructional Pictures and Maps from Old Testament Time Period
Ancient Places and Texts
Life in Ancient Israel
Suggested Old Testament Books in a Personal Library
First Day Material (Sep 16)
Second Day Assignment (Sep 18)
Write-up of "Teachings Conerning How to Study the Scriptures" using the following criteria: