International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
At the present day beef is not highly esteemed by the people of the country, but mutton is much prized. In the houses of the peasantry it is common to see a young ram being literally stuffed with food, mulberry or other leaves being forced into its mouth by one of the women, who then works the sheep's jaw with one hand. The animal has a daily bath of cold water. The result is deliciously fat and tender mutton. Such an animal is called a
The calf for sacrifice was usually a male of a year old. Other references to calves are: "to skip like a calf" (Psalm 29:6 ); "the calf and the young lion and the fatling together" (Isaiah 11:6 ); "a habitation deserted ... there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof" (Isaiah 27:10 ). See CATTLE .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Calf'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/c/calf.html. 1915.