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An idol made by Aaron out of gold collected from the Israelites. The people asked him to make them gods while Moses was away on Mount Sinai. Aaron created the calf and declared a festival in honor of Yahweh.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Calf, Golden. Calf-shaped idol fashioned at the Israelites’ request from their own gold jewelry (Ex 32:1–4). Under Aaron’s supervision the idol was created while Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai. Upon seeing the golden calf and the immoral carousing in which the people were engaged,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CALF, GOLDEN Calf-shaped idol fashioned at the Israelites’ request from their own gold jewelry (Ex 32:1–4). Under Aaron’s supervision, the idol was created while Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai. Upon seeing the golden calf and the immoral carousing in which the people were engaged,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CALF, GOLDEN1. While Moses was absent in Mount Sinai, Aaron made an image of a bull calf which he announced as the god who brought Israel out of Egypt (Ex 32:1–20). The worship and play conducted before this image so angered Moses upon his return that he broke the tablets of stone containing the law
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CALF, GOLDEN. 1. The golden image made after the Exodus by Aaron and the Israelites at Sinai while Moses was in the mountain. On finding that they were idolatrously worshipping it as God with sacrifices, feasting and revelry, Moses destroyed it (Ex. 32:4–8, 18–25, 35; Dt. 9:16, 21; Ne. 9:18; Ps. 106:19–20;
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Golden CalfThe story of the golden or molten calf (Exod. 32) is part of the revelation of divine law and establishment of covenant at Mt. Sinai in Exod. 19–34. The account begins with Moses separated from the people on top of Mt. Sinai, where he is receiving the revelation of the tabernacle cult and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Golden Calf (Heb. ˓ēg̱el massēḵâ, ˓eg̱el zāhāḇ).† An image cast in the form of a calf or bull; a common element of ancient Near Eastern religion (see Cattle) and a byword for apostasy in the Old Testament.The Israelites, weary of waiting for Moses to descend from the mountain (possibly Sinai),
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CALF, GOLDEN. The idolatrous image of a young bull set up at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 32:2–4) and later by Jeroboam at Bethel and Dan (1 Kings 12:28). The young bull symbolized vitality and strength, and the Israelites sought to worship Jehovah under this representation. Doubtless the prevalence of bull worship
Easton’s Bible Dictionary