Eric F. Mason, Ph.D. (2005), University of Notre Dame, is Professor and Julius R. Mantey Chair of Biblical Studies at Judson University, Elgin, Illinois. His research focuses on Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and various aspects of Second Temple Judaism.
Edmondo F. Lupieri, Lic. (1973), Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy, is the John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair in Theology and Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Loyola University Chicago. His most recent book is Una sposa per Gesù (Carocci, 2017).
The seventeen studies in Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam explore the biblical origins of the golden calf story in Exodus, Deuteronomy, 1 Kings, as well as its reception in a variety of sources: Hebrew Scriptures (Hosea, Jeremiah, Psalms, Nehemiah); Second Temple Judaism (Animal Apocalypse, Pseudo-Philo, Philo, Josephus); rabbinic Judaism; the New Testament (Acts, Paul, Hebrews, Revelation) and early Christianity (among Greek, Latin, and Syriac writers), as well as the Qur’an and Islamic literature. Expert contributors explore how each ancient author engaged with the calf tradition—whether explicitly, implicitly, or by clearly and consciously avoiding it—and elucidate how the story was used both negatively and positively for didactic, allegorical, polemical, and even apologetic purposes.
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Credit Photo : "L’Adoration du Veau d’or" (Nicolas Poussin, 1633-1634, National Gallery).