This Independent Study course on Isaiah’s writings is prepared for adults who have some interest or familiarity with the Old Testament. The study is directed to a general audience of people who want to enrich their understanding and appreciation of the words of this profound, ancient prophet.
It is recognized that some students like a tightly structured course, while others prefer a rather independent approach. This course accommodates both attitudes by having selected areas of directed attention and concentrated study for the structured approach. However, each lesson also contains thought questions and open–ended essays for those desiring flexible, individualized study.
Ultimately, this is your course since you are the one who studies and learns from it. The more you study, ponder, and apply the lesson material, the more knowledge, insights, and value you will gain from the course.
This course is prepared to help you gain what you desire in your studies of Isaiah’s writings.
Students who successfully complete the requirements for this course will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired an understanding of—
In addition to the textbook and the course manual supplied by BYU Independent Study, there is only one required book for the class–a Bible. Particularly, you should have the 1979 (or more current) King James publication prepared by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints. It has important chapter headings, excellent footnotes, a topical guide with over 800 major subject listings (and some 1,750 concordance entries), a good Bible Dictionary, insights from the Joseph Smith Translation, and useful color maps. The “seminary” edition of this Bible is the least expensive, with other editions priced higher, depending on page size, paper and binding quality. The written material, guides, maps, etc., are exactly the same in all editions. These Bibles are available at LDS distribution centers and the BYU Bookstore, or through Independent Study.
In addition to the materials already mentioned, you will need a three–ring binder and some lined loose–leaf paper to use with the lesson material. This course manual should be placed in a three hole binder, and I recommend that you keep it along with paper containing your own notes, comments, and questions in such a binder.
It will also be useful for you to have some 3 x 5 index cards. In each section quiz, you will be asked to match some chapters of Isaiah with a major theme or idea from each chapter. You will not need to memorize any verses, but you should at least remember in which chapter you should look to find some important concept or piece of material. The best way to study for this would be to take a 3 x 5 card and write the chapter number on one side. On the other side, list some of the major ideas of the chapter as you find them in the following sources:
Have one card for each Isaiah chapter discussed in that section and review the chapters by mixing up the cards, looking at the chapter number, and trying to recall as many major ideas as you can. You could also look at the side where the major ideas are listed and try to remember in which chapter they are located. Keep these cards in a purse or pocket and study them at free moments each day until you have them learned. Thereafter, when you recognize something from Isaiah, you should no longer say, “I think this is in Isaiah somewhere.” Instead, you should respond, “This is found in the _____ chapter of Isaiah.”
Also, there are many outstanding books that you may want to have in your own library that will help you understand Isaiah. In particular, you might desire a good general Bible handbook which will explain and illustrate the events, setting, and meaning of the biblical material. Some quality examples follow (although these are not available through Independent Study, all of them may be found in major bookstores and the BYU Bookstore):
In addition, you may want a good contemporary alternate English translation of the Bible to help bridge the awkward English style of the Isaiah passages in the King James Version. Once again, although they are not available through Independent Study, at least one of these modern translations should be available in a bookstore near you:
Let us begin by reviewing the course outline. The course is separated into three sections, each consisting of the following: (5) five lessons, each containing about five short reading assignments (either selected chapters from Isaiah or readings from this course manual) and objective self–check and essay thought questions, including reflective questions for your personal pondering or for recording in your journal; a homework assignment; and a lesson quiz. The lesson self–check questions are for your personal reference and do not need to be turned in. The sectional homework portfolio assignments and speedback quizzes are to be submitted to Independent Study for grading.
On an average, each lesson should take from two to three hours to complete. Of course, you might spend more time on any one lesson by reading the other scriptures cross–referenced in the footnotes, taking detailed notes, reading other resource materials, recording your learning experiences in your journal, etc.
|1||Religious and Historical Foundation||Speedback|
|2||Isaiah the Prophetic Poet||Speedback|
|Portfolio Submission||Unit A Portfolio Assignment||Essays|
|9||Isaiah 32-35, 38-39||Speedback|
|10||Isaiah 36-37, 40||Speedback|
|Porfolio Submission||Unit B Portfolio Assignment||Essays|
|Portfolio Submission||Unit C Portfolio Assignment||Essays|
Each of the lessons has Speedback assignments. These are multiple choice quizzes that can be submitted electronically and for which a grade will be immediately given. They can also be sumitted in paper form to Independent Study. These quizzes will test your knowledge of the course material and prepare you for the final exam. Lessons 1—5 speedbacks are open book. Lessons 6—15 Speedback quizzes are closed book. You should complete them on your honor, with out the help of any books, scriptures notes ect. Completing the speedback assignments will help prepare you for the final exam.
In each lesson you will be asked to write essays based upon the content of the lesson. These essays questions will be submitted as part of your unit portfolios. These essays will help you better understand the content of the course and the writings of Isaiah.
I highly recommend that you keep a scripture study journal as you study the materials for this course. By writing down the different ideas and thoughts that come to you as you study, you will be able to remember the content better and find ways to make personal application to your life.
In the course you will be asked various thought questions. These questions will require you to ponder about the things you will have read. You should write the answers to these questions in your thought journal.
Your thought journal will not be turned in for grading. However, if you complete the thought journal, you will gain much more from this course.
This assignment will be turned in at the end of Unit A. It will include the following:
This assignment will be turned in at the end of Unit B. It will include the following:
This assignment will be turned in at the end of Unit C. It will include the following:
You will submit written assignments to Independent Study electronically through your course. To make sure I can open and read your papers, please save them as a .RTF (rich text format) files. Here’s how to do it:
It’s very important that you submit all of the assignments for a portfolio at the same time. Here’s how to submit your completed portfolio assignments:
Remember: Do NOT submit any assignment until you have completed all of the assignments for the portfolio!
The other half of your grade will consist of a final examination which will be administered at BYU Independent Study (for those residing in Utah County) or sent to a proctor (local school counselor, public librarian, etc.) who will administer the exam. This final exam will have two parts: (1) objective and essay questions taken from the five sectional homework assignments and quizzes, and (2) two essay questions taken from the list of fifteen “Isaiah Essay Questions,” one of which you will have completed with each lesson. If you have honestly completed all the readings, the Speedback assignments, the essay questions and the thought questions, you should feel confident in your ability to do well on the final exam.
|Graded Elements||Percentage of Grade|
|15 Speedback Quizzes||20%|
|Unit A Portfolio Assignment||10%|
|Unit B Portfolio Assignment||10%|
|Unit C Portfolio Assignment||10%|
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15 computer-graded assignments, 3 instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.
1 exam (multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions), may retake once for a fee, must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.
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Department of Independent Study
Division of Continuing Education
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602-1514