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Holman Bible Dictionary

Calf

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The young of the cow or other closely related animals. Calves were fattened in stalls to provide veal on special occasions (Genesis 18:7-8 ; 1 Samuel 28:24 ; Luke 15:23 ,Luke 15:23,15:27 ,Luke 15:27,15:30 ). Calves were also used in sacrificial settings (Leviticus 9:2-3 ; Jeremiah 34:18 ; compare Genesis 15:9-10 ). A calf symbolized the bullish Gentile armies (Psalm 68:30 ) and Egyptian mercenary soldiers (Jeremiah 46:21 ). The feet of one of the cherubim described by Ezekiel looked like those of a calf (Ezekiel 1:7 ). One of the four creatures around the throne resembled a calf (Revelation 4:7 KJV; modern translations read, “ox”). For other religious uses of the calf, see Golden Calf .


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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Calf'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/c/calf.html. 1991.

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Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
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