The Sin of the Calf: The Rise of the Bible's Negative Attitude Toward the Golden Calf

The Sin of the Calf: The Rise of the Bible's Negative Attitude Toward the Golden Calf


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The goal of the work is to expose what factors turbaned a positive (or neutral) character of the Golden Calf image into a negative one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567688323
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/18/2019
Series: The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Andrew Mein is Tutor in Old Testament, Westcott House, Cambridge.

Claudia V. Camp is Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University, USA and was on the steering committee of the Seminar. She is currently co-general editor of the LHBOTS series, as well as the author or editor of 4 books and numerous articles.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
1.  The Aim of the Research
2.  The Survey of the Research
3.  The Aniconism of the Israelite Religion and the Nature of the Calf Image
4.  Questions for Research
5.  The Motives of the Negative Attitude towards the Calf Image-Methodological considerations 

Chapter 2. The Sins of Jeroboam I and the Calves
1.  The Sins of Jeroboam I and Calves
2.  The Deuteronomist and  the Ulterior Motive behind the Polemic against the Calf Image 

Chapter 3. The Analysis of the Texts
1.  Exodus 32
2.  The Analysis of Dtn 9:1 - 10:11
3.  The Polemical Points 

Chapter 4: Hosea and the Calf Image
1.  The Essential Considerations for Arguments in the Chapter
2.  Baalism and the Calf Image
3.  Conclusion 

Chapter 5: The Motives of the Deuteronomistic Polemic against the Calf Image and the Prohibition of Images
1. Dtn 4 and the Prohibition of Image
2. The Time of Crystallization of the Prohibition of Image and Its Motive
3. The Deuteronomist's Polemic against the Golden Calf 

Chapter 6: Summary and Conclusion

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