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Isaiah Teaching Guide?

Can anyone recommend a good teaching guide for the Old Testament book of Isaiah?

As many of you know, I teach a Sunday School class whose focus is in-depth book-by-book Bible study. Our next book is Isaiah. My knowledge of Isaiah is rudimentary, so I would really appreciate a good teaching guide that I can lean on as we work through the book.

For an idea of how our class is structured: I read a passage out loud. I ask the class for their thoughts on the passage, encouraging discussion. As discussion fades, I interject any ideas about the passage that I've learned in my preparation, encouraging more discussion. Repeat until I run out of new ideas or insights to interject. Historically, the class had been structured similar to a lecture, but over the past few years, I've shifted the structure more of a moderated discussion.

Some of my students don't do any preparation prior to class and when I read the passage out loud, that's their first time thinking about it for class. Other students diligently read passages for upcoming weeks prior to class. A few students engage in personal study prior to class, mostly using the study notes in their various Study Bibles. Combined with the preparation I do, we tend to have good discussion. Generally, we focus on what the text says, what it probably meant to the original audience, and what it means to us today. The end result is something that tends to fall between an sterile academic lecture and a feel-good "squishy" study.

This is an adult class, mostly older-middle-age to seniors with a few younger-middle-age. There's usually about 15 people in attendance. Everyone's genuinely interested in the material to various degrees and most participate in the discussion.

It's hard for me to make time to do the level of preparation I'd like to do. In the past, I've used published book studies to help create lesson plans. It's nice to have ready-made outlines and lesson plans to start with. I try to balance those with my own reading and study, as well as various commentaries and other Bible help ensure I'm exposed to and can present multiple opinions, where multiple opinions exist.

I'm totally open to suggestions.


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Mar. 20th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Isaiah is a REALLY long book. Do you have a particular section you're focusing on, or are you just doin' the book?

and y'know, my favorite study ever was Kay Arthur's Precept Upon Precept. I don't know if she's done Isaiah, and it's a seriously hardcore inductive study, which may not be what you're looking for.

But it's the best.

Mar. 20th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the massiveness of Isaiah is the main thing that is intimidating me about leading this study right now. We are doing the entire book.

It looks like Arthur has a PUP for about the first half of Isaiah. I might look into that. In the past, I've taken a few stabs at working through self-study in the Inductive Study Bible, which I've really enjoyed, but always allowed to taper off.

Thanks for the pointer.
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
it's severely hardcore. very in depth. but awesome.
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
The lectionary for Advent and Lent (in particular, weekdays during those seasons) is full of passages from Isaiah. That might be a fun way to package it as the daily chunks are often small, and therefore well-picked for consideration of salvation history.
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Good idea -- I'll see about working that method of packaging into our study. Thanks!
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Not quite "teaching guides," but...
Yeah, not exactly what I'm looking for, but probably better than most of the general commentaries I'm already using -- thanks!
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Not quite "teaching guides," but...
Upon further study, it appears that the people who produced the last book linked above do have an actual study guide for Isaiah. The series is pretty good. I have the one on Job.
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