calf, golden


calf, golden
The archetypal image of apostasy, in Hebrew tradition. There is much evidence of the worship of cattle in the Near East, certainly from the 6th millennium BCE, in Anatolia, but the classical account of this apostasy in the OT is when Moses was so long absent, engaged in conversation with the Lord on Mount Sinai, that the Israelites down below began to be mutinous. So Aaron ordered a mass collection of golden earrings (Exod. 32:2), reshaped them in the fire, and ‘there came out this calf’! On his return Moses had the idol melted down again. Cf. 1 Kgs. 12:28. See also Jeroboam 1).

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  • Golden calf — The golden calf (עגל הזהב) was an idol (a cult image) made for the Israelites during Moses absence, as he went up to Mount Sinai. According to the Hebrew Bible, the calf was made by Aaron to satisfy the Israelites, whereas the Quran indicates the …   Wikipedia

  • calf, molten — See calf, golden …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • GOLDEN CALF — (Heb. עֵגֶל מַסֵּכָה, Ex. 32:4; עֶגְלֵי זָהָב I Kings 12:28), the golden image made by Aaron at the behest of the Israelites and venerated near Mount Sinai (Ex. 32). Exodus 32 relates that the Israelites, anxious about Moses prolonged absence,… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • golden calf — n. 1. Bible a calf of gold worshiped by the Israelites while Moses was at Mount Sinai: 1 Kings 12:28 2. riches regarded as an object of worship and greedy pursuit …   English World dictionary

  • golden calf — golden idol that the Israelites made and worshipped during the exodus (Biblical); any false god or thing worshipped undeservedly …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • golden calf — 1. a golden idol set up by Aaron and worshiped by the Israelites. Ex. 32. 2. either of the two similar idols set up by Jeroboam. I Kings 12:28, 29. 3. money or material goods as an object of worship or pursuit. * * * ▪ Old Testament  idol… …   Universalium

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