In Exod 32, the people demanded of Moses, “Make gods for us.” Or did they say, “Make us a god”? Translations differ. In this article, Jacobson argues for the latter, that is, that the issue is not more than one god but a false image of the true God—a sin God’s people continue to perpetuate today.
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Jacobson, Rolf A. “Moses, the Golden Calf, and the False Images of the True God.” Word & World 33, no. 2 (2013): 130–39.
Jacobson, Rolf A., "Moses, the Golden Calf, and False Images of the True God" (2013). Faculty Publications. 106.