E100-22: Exodus 32:1 – 34:35: The Golden Calf

Basalt Stele of the god Hadad on a bull with a thunderbolt in hand from Arslan Tash (Tiglath-Pileser III, c.744-727BC

This passage was probably chosen because it contains two famous “Bible stories”, the Golden Calf (in which a priest does what the people want, and becomes so successful that drunkenness, idolatry and other stupidity reigns) and the time Moses got to see God’s backside. But more troublingly it is another passage where God commands and demands killing. I can’t offer easy answers, indeed in one 5 minute podcast what did you expect πŸ˜‰ but I will return to these passages and examine the issue in podcasts outside this E100 series.


  1. Hi Tim,
    Where would I find the 5 step approach to understanding the bible? Is this your own work? Thanks. I am enjoying your series.

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