Aaron and the Golden Calf in the Rhetoric of the Pentateuch

  title={Aaron and the Golden Calf in the Rhetoric of the Pentateuch},
  author={James Watts},
  journal={Journal of Biblical Literature},
  pages={417 - 430}
  • James Watts
  • Published 1 October 2011
  • Art
  • Journal of Biblical Literature
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.) In the Pentateuch, the contrast between legal or instructional material, on the one hand, and stories, on the other, is nowhere more stark than in the relationship between the story of the golden calf (Exodus 32-34) and the instructions and narratives (Exodus 25-31; 35-40) that surround it. The story tells of ritual failure with disastrous consequences, while the ritual instructions and narratives around it recount fulfilling those divine… 

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