276.3: Heritage, Legacy, Covenant (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7, Study Notes)

 The Abrahamic Covenant


This portion of the episode explores:

  • The Biblical narrative of Abraham
  • The role of Abraham and covenant in Judaism
  • The relationship of Abraham in history
  • Differing privileges and advantages we experience.


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Class Member Reading:Abraham 1:1–4; 2:1–11; Genesis 12:1–8; 17:1–9; 18:19

Additional Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 132:19–24, 29–32; Genesis 15; “Abraham, Covenant of,” Bible Dictionary

Other Reading: Genesis 12-25


Maxine and Allen continue the discussion.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Lesson Part 2

0:00        Overview

1:45        Story of Abraham

11:03     Nature of god and Melchizedek

14:42     Abraham in Judaism

Study Notes

18:46     Assigned Reading Criticism

24:04     Historical Abraham

14:42     Differing gifts/privileges

Discussion Part 2

39:30     Abraham as a figure in tradition

48:56     Problematic aspects of the Abrahamic traditions

Discussion Part 3

1:05:42  Abraham down the rabbit hole

1:15:15  How do we bless all nations



Ensign article on the Abrahamic Covenant

Abraham in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism

“The Doctrine of Inclusion” by Elder Ballard

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell (or the Kindle version is $4)

Jonathan Haidt on Cooperation

Science article on cooperation

The New York Times article on the traits of successful cultures

Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel


Thanks to James Estrada for a great post production turnaround, and to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

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