The destruction of the golden calf (Ex 32:20): A materials science perspective

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    Abstract

    One of the most fascinating and heavily debated episodes involving gold in the Old Testament is the destruction of the golden calf described in Exodus 32:20. This study considers, for the first time, this episode from a materials science perspective. Textual analysis and experimental results indicate that it is plausible to make a gold mixture fit for later human consumption by using the three steps described in the passage. The results thus suggest that Exodus 32:20 could be an ancient reference to the most commented-upon materials processes of our day: Reduce the size of matter through a top-down approach. Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article brings for the first time an approach between theological analysis and a support by materials sciences to evaluate the technical viability of the destruction of the golden calf described in Exodus 32:20. It impacts the obtained results and indicates the appropriate use of technical aspects of the writers of this text.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbera2175
    JournalVerbum et Ecclesia
    Volume42
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2021

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    Keywords

    • Exodus
    • Golden calf
    • Grinding
    • Materials science
    • Top-down approach

    Types Minciencias

    • Artículos de investigación con calidad D

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