golden calf(redirected from golden calves)
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1. In the Bible, a golden image of a calf fashioned by Aaron and worshiped by the Israelites while Moses was on Mount Sinai.
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).
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
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.
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|Noun||1.||golden 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