golden calf

(redirected from calf, golden)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to calf, golden: golden calves

calf, golden,

erected by the Israelites on several occasions, as related in the Bible and the Qur'an. Aaron made one while Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Jeroboam placed one at Bethel and another at Dan. Hosea denounced one in Samaria. Archaeological evidence suggests that bull images functioned as representations of the gods or as bearers of them. Bull cults were widespread in Canaan at the time of the invasion of the Israelites.

golden calf,

in the Bible, an idol erected by the Israelites on several occasions. AaronAaron
, in the Bible, the brother of Moses and his spokesman in Egypt, and the first high priest of the Hebrews. He is presented as the instrument of God in performing many signs, such as the turning of his rod into a serpent and causing the rod to bud, blossom, and bear almonds.
..... Click the link for more information.
 made one while MosesMoses
, Hebrew lawgiver, probably b. Egypt. The prototype of the prophets, he led his people in the 13th cent. B.C. out of bondage in Egypt to the edge of Canaan. The narrative in the Bible is the chief source of information on his life.
..... Click the link for more information.
 was on Mt. Sinai. Jeroboam IJeroboam I
, in the Bible, first king of the northern kingdom of Israel. He was an Ephraimite and led a revolt against Solomon, inspired probably by the restlessness of N Palestine under southern rule.
..... Click the link for more information.
 made two, and HoseaHosea
, prophetic book of the Bible. It relates something of the career of the prophet Hosea who preached against the sins of the northern kingdom of Israel in the third quarter of the 8th cent. B.C.
..... Click the link for more information.
 denounced a calf in Samaria. A bull cult was widespread in CanaanCanaan

1 According to biblical ethnography, Canaan was the son of Ham and the ancestor for whom the Canaanites were named.

2 Territory, the same as ancient Palestine, lying between the Jordan, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean and sometimes
..... Click the link for more information.
 at the time of the Israelite invasion.

Golden Calf

Mephisto’s cynical and demoniacal tarantella. [Fr. Opera: Gounod, Faust, Westerman, 187]
See: Evil

golden calf

idol made by Aaron in Moses’s absence. [O.T.: Exodus 32:2–4]