The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in late 1946 in caves along the Dead Sea. The ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran held millennial old sealed clay jars which contained about 1200 manuscripts, including more than 300 Biblical texts. Arguably the greatest discovery at Qumran is the Great Isaiah Scroll, a nearly complete scroll that was copied around 125 BC. It contains all 66 chapters of Isaiah.
In this book, we will focus on a particularly interesting passage in the second half of Isaiah: chapter 53. It has been called the Holy of Holies of the Old Testament. These twelve verses offer a summary of the entire New Testament, written more than 700 years before Jesus Christ was born. A number of passages in the Hebrew Scriptures describe the victory of the Messiah as the ruler of the world, and the Jews have focused on those. This chapter provides another unexpected purpose for the great King; it’s an incredible prophecy that describes the Messiah as a servant who suffers and dies for His people.
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”For I know the plans that I have for you…”
During my career of over three decades as a High School (Secondary) Mathematics teacher in the public school system in New York State, I initiated and implemented countless changes to the programs delivered to my students. Also, when I spoke at the KI 2014 Strategic Perspectives Conference in Idaho, I introduced what I described as the “irreducible complexity” of education — curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Briefly:
- Curriculum refers to the CONTENT that the student learns
- Pedagogy refers to the METHODS through which the student learns
- Assessment refers to the ACTIVITIES used to determine what the student learned
When I was a teacher, I taught four curricula programs and; adjusted my teaching methods based on my growing experience and numerous professional development and continuing education programs. Also, I broadened the testing program to include a wide variety of opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge, and it was consistently being upgraded to meet the differing needs of the students. It is a known fact in education that no educational program stagnates and still succeeds.
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