golden calf


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golden calf

n.
1. In the Bible, a golden image of a calf fashioned by Aaron and worshiped by the Israelites while Moses was on Mount Sinai.
2.
a. Money as an object of worship; mammon.
b. The subject of intense veneration: "We create a golden calf ... every time we take something of the earth and declare it exempt from the laws of history" (James Carroll).

golden calf

n
1. (Bible) Old Testament
a. an idol made by Aaron and set up for the Israelites to worship (Exodus 32)
b. either of two similar idols set up by Jeroboam I at Dan and Bethel in the northern kingdom (I Kings 12:28–30)
2. informal the pursuit or idolization of material wealth

gold′en calf′


n.
1. a golden idol set up by Aaron. Ex. 32.
2. either of the two similar idols set up by Jeroboam. I Kings 12:28, 29.
3. money or material goods.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.golden calf - (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worshipgolden calf - (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly
graven image, idol, god - a material effigy that is worshipped; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
References in classic literature ?
The golden calf they worship at Boston is a pigmy compared with the giant effigies set up in other parts of that vast counting-house which lies beyond the Atlantic; and the almighty dollar sinks into something comparatively insignificant, amidst a whole Pantheon of better gods.
No matter what foolish declarations people make about money, they one and all, if they live in Paris, must grovel before accounts, do homage to figures, and kiss the forked hoof of the golden calf.
When they trusted in themselves, the result was failure and sin, such as the story of the golden calf (Exodus 32).
Turning right along the roadway into Hesleden we soon pass the Working men's Club and Golden Calf Inn on our left with Church View on our right side.
Again, it wasn't the image of the golden calf that was problematic--only the worship of it (Rambam in Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Avodat Kochavim 7:4).
Throughout almost the entire orgiastic frenzy of the Golden Calf scene, as the music thrashed and swooned, the cast sat motionless.
This comes just after his people fashioned the golden calf in an attempt to create a god they could understand and control.
Elsewhere in his commentary, Sforno argues that the Golden Calf permanently damaged Israel's ideal spiritual level (e.
It is no coincidence that one of the most victimised works of art in Britain is Nicolas Poussin's Adoration of the Golden Calf (1633-34) in the National Gallery.
The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.
The Sin of the C4 The Rise of the Bible's Negative Attitude Toward the Golden Calf By Young Ho Chung (T and T Clark, $130).
The Last Days of Emma Blank won the Golden Calf award for Best Screenplay of a Feature Film and Label Europa Cinemas award, both received by Van Warmerdam in 2009.