A young offspring of a cow. The calf is used in the Bible as a general symbol for heathen idol worship, as in the story of the golden calf in (Exod 32). But in Israel the calf was also an appropriate sacrifice (Lev 9:2; Lev 9:8) as a sin offering. It served as food for special occasions as well (Luke 15:22-24).

Exod 32

The Golden Calf
1When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for ... View more

Lev 9:2

2He said to Aaron, “Take a bull calf for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.

Lev 9:8

8Aaron drew near to the altar, and slaughtered the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.

Luke 15:22-24

22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.23And get the f ... View more

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