The fall and rise of God's people : the golden calf pericope in Paul's thought
This thesis builds upon C.H. Dodd's hypothesis that there were theologically significant textual fields in early Christian interpretation of the Old Testament. It presents Exodus 32-34 as a theologically significant field of the Old Testament Scriptures in Paul on the basis of its importance in pentateuchal priestly theology and Jewish thought, and Paul's quotations, references and allusions to it. The thesis contributes significantly to our understanding of Exodus 32-34 in 1 Corinthians 10, 2 Corinthians 3, Romans 1-2 and Romans 9. It will argue that the story of the violation and restoration of the Sinai covenant in Exodus 32-34 may have helped the apostle to substantiate his Christian convictions and to communicate them to the believers in Corinth and Rome.