283.3: Law and Ritual (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14, Study Notes)

“Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure unto Me”


This portion of the episode continues our exploration of the two parts of the Jewish Law: Ritual and morality. We cover

  • Puzzling passages including the golden calf and slaughter by the Levites
  • the centrality of the Jewish Law
  • Importance and role of ritual in our lives
  • How we know what is right
  • Ideas of right and wrong

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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 continue the conversation.


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

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Lesson Part 2: Scholarship

0:00        Overview

2:08        Prophetess, Jethro, Golden Calf, and Boiling a kid in Milk

8:25        Law of Moses in Judaism

17:15     History of Biblical Law
21:10     Monotheism, Henotheism, Monolatry, and Polytheism
24:56     Ritual

Lesson Part 3: Study Notes

26:29     Judaism, Christianity, and Mormonism
28:40     Right and Wrong

Discussion Part 2

34:48     Jewish Life and Law

40:36     Criticism and Critique

57:03     Portrayal of Jews and Jewish and Jewish Law in Mormon Scripture and Discourse

1:07:47  Cultural Purity

1:13:14  Why do we do what is right?

1:20:30  How do we know what is right?



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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