Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon

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.
Tags: sunday school

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