283.2: Law and Ritual (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14, Sunday School)

“Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure unto Me”


Though the 10 Commandments are arguably the most well-known legislation in the history of the Western World, the Jewish Law which they preface has prompted more confusion. This episode puts the Jewish Law in the context of the sacred. We introduce context and concepts behind the Law, discuss how ritual creates sacred space and time, and explore how these elements can enable us to keep the divine in our daily lives.


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Class Member ReadingExodus 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 32, 33, 34; JST Deut. 10:2; John 6:35, 48-51; Galatians 3:23-24; Mosiah 13:29-30; Alma 25:15-16; Alma 34:14-15; 3 Nephi 15:4-10; D&C 84:19-27

Additional ReadingPsalm 78; 1 Corinthians 10:1-11

Other Reading: Look over the legal material in Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.


Lisa and Allen join the conversation.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Sunday School

0:00        Announcements

5:31        Correction from previous episode

7:23        Complaint vs. Critique

11:26     Readings

25:12     Ritual Purity

Discussion Part 1

30:54     Introductions

33:39     Complaining

40:37     Sustaining Church Leaders

47:46     Idolatry

52:56     Jewish Law

1:00:56  Sacred Space

1:09:30  Heavenly Mother

1:13:56  Sacred Time

1:18:28  Kingdom of Priests



Authorship of the Old Testament, David Bokovoy

Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch, Jean-Louis Ska

Rabbi David Hartman, On Being

Jewish Law

Jewish Law and Decalogue (10 Commandments), from Shaye Cohen’s Harvard U Course

The Sabbath World, RadioWest

Rabbi Heschel, Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time 


Ritual within Mormonism, Mormon Matters

Philip Larkin, Church Going 

Sacred Space, On Being

Atheism 2.0 (It is quite positive towards religion)

Interview with Phil McLemore’s transformation through meditation, Mormon Stories

Kingdom of God is within you, Mormon Matters

Margaret Toscano on Myth, FeminstMormonHousewives podcast

Seeing the Divine Feminine in the sacred garments, Daughters of Mormonism

Commandments and Ethics

Moral Accountability, Philosophy Bites

The New Science of Morality, Point of Inquiry

The Science and Philosophy of Human Nature, iTunes U at Yale

Justice, iTunes U at Harvard (entire college courses but both of these are amazing)


Thanks to William Newman for content editing, James Estrada for audio postproduction, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

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