278.3: Abrahamic Texts and Tests (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9, Study Notes)

March 4, 2018

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“God Will Provide Himself a Lamb”


In Part 2 we touch on the place of Isaac in history and then delve into the terrible but widespread practice of human sacrifice in the Ancient Near East.

In Part 3 we wrestle further with the issues of God’s goodness and healthy approaches to obedience. The importance of context is discussed, including that of Mormonism’s own history which also has dark moments. We conclude with some reflections on the relationship of this story to Jesus’ death.


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Class Member Reading: Abraham 1Genesis 1516172122Hebrews 11:17-19James 2:21-23Jacob 4:5

Additional Reading: Hebrews 11:8-19D&C 132:34-36

Other Reading: Genesis 15-28, skimming to see how the (near) sacrifice of Isaac fits within the larger context.


Maxine and Heber continue the discussion and I recorded a separate section with Allen.


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

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).



Lesson Part 2

0:00        Broader Covenant Themes

4:37        Human Sacrifice

13:56     Jewish Interpretations

Study Notes

16:26     Euthyphro’s Dilemma and Obedience
21:36     Parallel to the Atonement

Discussion Part 2

25:07     Academic and Historical Perspective

37:50     Move to Less Harmful Practices

49:04     Jewish Interpretations (Allen)

57:24     Atonement without Jesus’ Death (Allen)

Lesson Part 3

1:15:26  Critical Reading

Discussion Part 3

1:23:30  Euthyphro’s Dilemma




Thanks to Jim Henderson for content editing and to James Estrada for sound editing, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.