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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
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His sins began soon after his coronation, when he commissioned the creation of two golden calves, one at Beth-El the other at Dan (12:28-31).
Later, when the Hebrew chieftain Ye'hu destroyed the Ba'al and other idolatrous edifices in the northern Jewish kingdoms of Dan and Beth El, he refrained from destroying the golden calves that adorned the shrines there, and yet God lauded him for following divine instruction "to the letter" (Second Kings 10:29-30).
She thinks of them as golden calves, but they were a gentle brown.
These include the accounts of making Golden Calves (Exod.
What do those contemporary golden calves look like?