This is the first of our weekly podcast series, which will get prettier blog treatments in the future. For now, you just have to right-click and “save as” on this link to download the mp3 (7Mb). Or just click, and it’ll open and stream in a new window.
Each podcast will treat the chapters from that week’s Gospel Doctrine lesson in about 20-30 minutes, but not as if we’re in Gospel Doctrine class No, I’m simply going to give a little background every week, and then pull out a few points that I think are fun and interesting. The brief notes that follow are for convenience, references I make in the audio, so you don’t have to pause and write things down. (They’re probably a bit inscrutable without listening.)
Give it a listen, and leave us some feedback. Feel free to ask questions about the next week’s chapters as well.
- Moses’ father-in-law Jethro (AKA Reuel AKA Hobab)
- Sinai (AKA Horeb)
- Song of the Sea
- Prince of Egypt
- ‘Ashirah l’adoni ki ga’oh ga’ah, miy kamorah ba’elim adonai miy kamorah ne’dar baqodesh
- Exo 19:5-6 “peculiar”= segullah
- Kathryn Soper, Segullah.org
- Ugaritic; Akkadian (Assyrian & Babylonian)
- Segullah appears in Exo 19:5, Deu 7:6 (“special people”), 14:2 (“peculiar people”), 26:18 (“peculiar people”), Psa 135:4( Israel as God’s “peculiar treasure”), Ecc 2:8 (“peculiar treasure” but not Israel), 1Ch 29:3 (king’s “own property”), & Mal 3:17 (“jewels”)
- Mal 3:17 quoted in 3 Nephi 24:17 and D&C 101:3
- Peculiar and pecuniary.
- Amos 3:2 NRSV “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”
- 1Pe 2:9 KJV “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;”
- 10 Commandements in Exo 20; Deu 5; Exo 34:11ff; Lev 19:1-8
- 10 “words”= Decalogue = Gr. deka “ten” + logos “word”
- commandment = mitsvah or pl. mitsvot
- On the Wicked Bible misprint, see here.
- 613 commandments in Law of Moses, 365 negative, 248 positive.
- Casuistic law/case law vs. apodictic law (10 commandments?)
- Law code of Hammurapi; Middle Assyrian laws; Laws of Ur-Nammu ( see Raymond Westbrook, Everyday Law in Biblical Israel )
- “Law”= torah. Law of Moses= torat moshe.
- Multiple words for law, none of which really mean law, see John Welch here.
Opening/closing clip- Soy Payaso, rupa and the april fishes.
Next week, the Israelites complain, get a pass to the all-you-can-eat quail bar, God has a colorful sense of irony, and snake bites all around.