golden calf

The idol devised by Aaron during the prolonged absence of Moses as he communed on the mountain with God (Exod. 32:2–4) and by Jeroboam Ⅰ, King of Israel (937–915 BCE) at Bethel and Dan (1 Kgs. 12:28). It is possible that all these calves (Aaron's one and Jeroboam's two) were in fact symbols of Yahweh (Exod. 32:5).

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  • 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 — • An object of worship among the Hebrews, mention of which occurs principally in Ex., xxxii, where the story of the molten calf of Aaron is narrated, and in III Kings, xii (cf. II Par., xi), in connection with the policy of Jeroboam after the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • 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 — 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

  • 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

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

  • golden calf — noun a) (Old Testament) A golden image of a calf, made by and worshipped by the Israelites. b) Money as an end in itself; mammon …   Wiktionary

  • GOLDEN CALF —    in Exodus 32, MOSES returns from Mount Sinai with the TEN COMMANDMENTS to discover that the PEOPLE OF ISRAEL have created a golden idol in the image of a calf. The expression has come to represent APOSTASY and anything which lures believers… …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • golden calf — gold′en calf′ n. 1) bib a golden idol set up by Aaron. Ex. 32 2) bib either of the two similar idols set up by Jeroboam. I Kings 12:28, 29 3) money or material goods …   From formal English to slang

  • Golden calf —    (Ex. 32:4, 8; Deut. 9:16; Neh. 9:18). This was a molten image of a calf which the idolatrous Israelites formed at Sinai. This symbol was borrowed from the custom of the Egyptians. It was destroyed at the command of Moses (Ex. 32:20). (See… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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