Educational Institutions

Educational Institutions

 

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 This essay describes two schools maintained by the Assemblies of Yahweh:

  • Dalet School
  • Obadiah School of the Bible

1. Dalet School

Dalet School, is a educational institution for children that comprises grades Kindergarten through 12. Dalet School opened its doors in 1976, and is located in the United States of America, Bethel, Pennsylvania. ”Dalet” is the fourth letter in the Hebrew alphabet and it symbolises an “Open Door”. This is believed to be the reason for the name “Dalet School”, since it signifies opportunity. Dalet School is operated by the Assemblies of Yahweh. The purpose of Dalet School was to keep children out of the “world” and in a spiritual atmosphere where they could learn academic subjects in a Biblically related, moral environment. Dalet School offers children the opportunity to study, while simultaneously pursuing a greater level of spirituality so as to become respectable individuals. 

 

 

Contents

  • 1 A Open Door
    • 1.1 Liberalism Debunked
  • 2 Solid Foundations
  • 3 Simplicity
  • 4 References
  • 5 See also
  • 6 External Links

 

A Open Door

Dalet is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and according to commentators, represents a open door [1]. Dalet School was to represent opportunity and is recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to function as a non – public school, The Sacred Name Broadcaster (10/2005 ed.) has published this:

 

Pennsylvania authorizes Dalet School to issue Diplomas or Certificates of achievement to all students who successfully complete the required courses and comply with Pennsylvanian standards.

— Shaparenko, Raymond, A. [2] (Educator)

 

In the article, the author affirms that the most rewarding benefit of Dalet School education is assurance that children will behave better and be more obedient in all situations. The Assemblies of Yahweh believe in discipline, but do not believe in corporal punishment. Meyer restates that discipline actually comes from the word disciple, meaning a “follower of teacher or master”. [2]. The main difference between Dalet School and public school is usually imputed upon the atmosphere. According to the the article, public schools often encourage children to break “Yahwehs Laws”, whether through festivity, clothing, speech, conduct, food or drink and therefore, values taught by schools would clash with the values parents were teaching to their children: “…the children were taught to serve Yahweh at home, but were being taught to follow world ways in public school”, this was the premise in which Dalet School was brought in to existence. Those in and around Bethel aren’t the only ones assisted by Dalet School, but also in various other locations around the world (p1). In the SNB (9/2008 ed.) a selection from the Readers Digest appears under the heading “Why Johnny Can’t Read” which takes a similar stand against public schools and the deterioration of public education. 

Liberalism Debunked

In p9 of the article, a recognized scholar, Dr Max Rafferty is quoted from in his book “The Future of Education” (1975 – 2000) chapter: “Our Schools and the Future”. Rafferty takes the side of the Assemblies of Yahweh in praising the “old fashioned” idea of small schools rather than consolidation; memorization rather than discussion, insisting: “Schools are designed to teach children, and teach they must”. The Assemblies of Yahweh do not believe children should be taught in a tick box way. They advise that schools should educate how to live, as well as teaching how to succeed academically: Education should be for life. 

Solid Foundations

Dalet School:

A Dalet student is
Trustworthy · Modest · Helpful · Friendly · Courteous · Kind · Obedient · Cheerful · Organized  · Respectful · Clean · Moral  

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Dalet School is based upon what is commonly referred to be the “The three Rs” – an age old curriculum that students are instructed to learn. Reading and understanding is an integral part of Dalet School, and impressed upon the children. This quality is useful for Biblical studies, and would help to explain the extensive Dalet library consisting of literally, thousands of books. Students are required to read a substantial amount of material, but also to make reports on what they have learnt [3]. Other students can review the classes by listening to these former lessons reported.                     

Simplicity

Dalet school has been described as a simple, yet “moral” school.[4] It does not have the luxury of being state funded and therefore, does not have the sophisticated equipment sometimes evident in public schools, but this tends not to have any bearing on Dalet Schools reputation as a good school. Several of the Assemblies of Yahweh graduates have made Scholastic Amplitude Test scores from 1400 to 1500 (99% level). It is a school that promotes hard work,[5] and is against what Mike Schmoker (educator) referred to as the Crayola Curriculum.[6] Prayers are offered at the start and the end of a day, and a blessing recited before lunch (including the Shema).
 

According to a report found later in the same SNB article (p18), the most gratification derived from Dalet School for parents and teachers, is its atmosphere:

 

Probably the most pleasing result of Dalet School education is in the peaceful, cooperation nature of the students. All of the parents have found a beneficial return for their annual tuition payments. Their children are better behaved and more obedient in all situations


 

 

   

 

 

 

2. Obadiah School of the Bible

Obadiah School of the Bible, is a educational institution that came in to existence in 1974, and is located in the United States of America, Bethel, Pennsylvania. The name "Obadiah" in Hebrew means a “Servant of Yahweh”, and is the name given to graduates of Obadiah School of the Bible, operated by the Assemblies of Yahweh.

Obadiahs value study

 

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 An Educational Institution
  • 3 School of the Prophets
    • 3.1 Obadiah Fraternity
  • 4 Dropsie University
    • 4.1 Sacrifice of Love
  • 5 Obadiah’s Library
  • 6 Enrollment
  • 7 Faithful Obadiahs
    • 7.1 Graduate Obadiahs
    • 7.2 Study and Work
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
  • 10 External Links

 

History

Obadiah School of the Bible was founded in 1974, after the plan was presented by members of the Assemblies of Yahweh, to Jacob O Meyer at the 1973 Feast of Tabernacles. The intention was that such an educational institution could serve as a foundation for students who had made their choice to become servants of Yahweh, rather than servants of men (see Obadiah). Such an institution purpose was therefore, to give students a higher level of understanding on the Bible so that they would be strong witnesses in the world. Nonetheless, for several decades other subjects have also been taught within the institution. Obadiah School was envisioned at the very beginning of the Assemblies of Yahweh ministry, which can be proven by it’s early Statement of Doctrine in 1969:

 

“Ministers of the Assemblies of Yahweh…These will be required to attend a Bible School at headquarters…”

—[[(“Sacred Name Broadcaster ").]],

 

An Educational Institution

In an article (Obadiah School of the Bible in Review) which appeared in The Sacred Name Broadcaster, p2 (9/2008) it states:

 

“It has been the firm conviction of Meyer that education is directly related to spiritual development and doctrinal stability”

—[[(“Assemblies of Yahweh ").]],

 

In the article, the reason for opening Obadiah School is generally attributed to teach purity of doctrine in a spiritual atmosphere, rather than to follow doctrines that are taught in other institutions - yet not supported by the Bible. Meyer believed that education taught in worldly institutions produced bad character traits because of the general disregard to the authenticity of the Biblical texts.

School of the Prophets

According to the Biblical account, they were education assistants for Elijah (2Kings 2:5); and it appears that Elisha was one of those assistants (2Kings 4:38); (2Kings 6:1) etc. Some commentators have suggested that “sons of the prophets” referred to the educational program that was directed by the prophet, whether by Elijah, or later – by his successor Elisha. It is possible therefore, that a similar type Obadiah school may have produced the assistants of the great prophets, Elijah and Elisha.

Obadiah Fraternity

Obadiah Fraternity – interpreted meaning “Brethren serving Yahweh” – was the name of the Assemblies of Yahweh speaking group, set up to aid young men in oratory. Each member of the group would have the opportunity to speak before a group of congenial peers. Obadiah Fraternity existed before Obadiah School of the Bible. Reports suggest interest in Obadiah School of the Bible is growing [1][2].

Dropsie University

Obadiah Schools purpose according to Meyer [3], is “to teach the pure truth of Yahweh’s Word”. Under Pennsylvanian state laws, Obadiah school could not be registered with state authorities as a “seminary” or college”, however, the Assemblies of Yahweh have no plans to obtain this level of accreditation, based on the previous statement. [4] Often Obadiah School is compared to Dropsie University in its outlook towards education. Since Jacob O. Meyer attended Biblical classes there, studying Biblical languages (Hebrew) and Biblical texts, Meyer has always spoken highly of Dropsie University [5]. Moses Aaron Dropsie (1821–1905), was a wealthy half-Jewish religious convert who willed his entire fortune to

 

the promotion of and instruction in the Hebrew and cognate languages and their respective literatures

—Moses Aaron Dropsie

 

No tuition fee is charged for Obadiah School of the Bible. The only fee is a $25.00 fee (originally $10.00), assigned to help pay for fundamental expenses, such as electricity, photocopying, material transparencies used by the instructors and other teaching aides. Obadiah school has been commended for its non-profit stance for such a small, cohesive, religious group. Each student is required to pay for his or her own textbooks, although those who cannot pay sometimes offer their labour voluntarily to the Assemblies of Yahweh in lieu of any charges. The Assemblies of Yahweh has accepted such offers in the past.

Sacrifice of Love

Unlike most religious groups, the teachers of the Assemblies of Yahweh, including Jacob O Meyer [6] (the directing elder of the Assemblies of Yahweh), has never received any remuneration of any kind for their time and teaching. Such efforts are often described as an act of love and of sacrifice, as it is estimated that had the teachers demanded wages paid by other educational institutions, they could have had millions of dollars in wages [7] (This estimation is based on average wage of University lecturer). For such an educational institution, Meyer believes that education is not a matter of personal gain, but a matter of magnanimity. Disgruntlement about wages seldom exists within the Assemblies of Yahweh and no strikes have ever occurred.

Obadiah’s Library

Obadiahs value study

The Obadiah library consists of over 10,000 books at preset, which has been remarked by College and Seminary professors as “outstanding” [8] for such a small organization. It’s intention is to keep the students reading and provide plenty of research material for those interested in such an endeavour. Although the primary concentration is Bible, other courses are taught in general history, mathematics, geography and computer science. The Assemblies of Yahweh have plans to rebuild Obadiah School and Dalet School, having the library situated between both buildings in the future, but funding such a project would be costly and therefore, this plan has been postponed.

Enrollment

The Assemblies of Yahweh have a good reputation and believe firmly that convicted people in the world should be baptized and attend Obadiah School of the Bible to become valuable assets “for the glory of Yahweh”. The Assemblies of Yahweh often encourage strongly this path on the belief that many baptized members and quickly led astray by false teachers [9] because some are not routed to sound doctrine. Due to the schedule, students are able to work in the day at their jobs, and attend in the evening. Some choose to work for the Assemblies of Yahweh on campus, volunteering their spare time in forwarding the ministry. Obadiah School is not considered an elaborate or majestic institution. Graduate Obadiah’s are seen as men and women capable of witnessing their faith, and living lives according to the Bible; keeping the commandments of Yahweh and holding the faith of Yahshua (Revelation 12:17).

Faithful Obadiahs

Graduate Obadiahs are expected to continue faithful to the Assemblies of Yahweh and to become shining examples to the world. Obadiah School’s intention is to create faithful members to the Assemblies of Yahweh, scrutinizing the original Biblical texts and elucidating the importance of Yahweh and Yahshua, and the Biblical commandments.

 

Graduate Obadiahs

The term “Graduate Obadiah” is given to those who have successfully completed their training as an obadiah at Obadiah School. However, unlike most titles associated with educational graduation, the title does not apply to “Obadiah’s” who have not remained faithful to the Assemblies of Yahweh: since an Obadiah means a “servant of Yahweh”, this reason becomes quite clear. Students can take over three years in training. Since the Assemblies of Yahweh is maintained only through voluntary contributions, students often choose to remain on the grounds and assist the Assemblies of Yahweh ministry in everything they are practically and physically able to do.

 

Study and Work

Consequently, Obadiah School of the Bible is not simply about the studying of the Bible, it is about fulfilling the meaning of the word “Obadiah” (servant of Yahweh)– by doing whatever needs to be done in the vicinity. This can include a variety of roles, but all Obadiah’s are willing, voluntary workers. The word “study” actually comes from a word meaning “to press forward”[10]. Graduate Obadiah’s are a rare find, but are supposed to be equipped with great Bible knowledge and perform their roles as servants of Yahweh – aiding the ministry in every way possible, while keeping the Biblical Law. Graduate Obadiah’s are respected in the ministry, and have a higher rank than missionaries.

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Writers: Relation to Bible Group Pickings
Armstrong Main writer (Not member of BGP)
Wikipedia Some information taken from previous wiki articles
Zucker Reviewed article (member of BGP)

 

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