What would you like to do?

Why did the Hebrews make a golden calf?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

The Golden Calf (Exodus ch.32) was a case of taking the initiative.
It was an egregious error which was quickly and decisively stamped out. And while it was a serious offense, it may be a bit less of a puzzle if we consider the following:
1) It seemed that Moses had died (Rashi commentary, Exodus 32:1); and they wanted something or someone to lead them (Exodus 32:1). They felt that this (seemingly) drastic circumstance justified quickly taking unusual measures.
2) They had a tradition that they would eventually build an edifice to God (Rashi, Exodus 26:15); and, not yet having been commanded as to the details (the Tabernacle), they thought that they might now improvise.
3) The actual intent was not to worship the Golden Calf itself, but to worship the Presence of God (Exodus 32:5) which (they hoped) would dwell upon it.
4) The entire event was instigated by Egyptians (Rashi, Exodus 32:4) who had recently joined among the mixed multitude (Exodus 12:38).
5) Those who sinned were, at most, in the thousands (Exodus 32:28). Not hundreds of thousands.
6) That generation was judged by an exacting standard, precisely because they were on a high level (Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi).
7) In each era, there are different spiritual tests. The (main) test in ancient times was whether people would succumb to the lure of idolatry and its preludes. This powerful lure has since been emasculated (Talmud, Yoma 69b), so it is hard for us now to fully comprehend.
Thanks for the feedback!
Archaeologists have discovered that the golden calf (with crescent horns) was a symbol of the moon god, used throughout the ancient Near East. There are two important references in the Old Testament, first when Aaron made the golden calf during the legendary Exodus, second when the king of Israel, Jeroboam, had two golden calves set up, and declared a public holiday, and the people rejoiced.

It is clear, at least from the reference to Jeroboam, that the Israelites worshipped the moon god. Other references demonstrate that this worship was of long standing, not merely a whim of one Israelite king.

The golden calf in Exodus was made while Joshua and Moses were on the mountain for just forty days. There is strong biblical evidence that Joshua was worshipped as a sun god before his story evolved in Hebrew legend to that of a mortal hero. If so, the symbolism of the story is that when the sun god is away (night time) then the people worship the moon god.
Thanks for the feedback!
According to the Tanach (Jewish Bible) and Jewish teachings, the Israelites began to worship the golden calf because they began to lose faith in HaShem (The Creator) because Moshe (Moses) was gone for so long.

It is very important to note that the Tanach is very clear that it was only men who worshiped the calf and not a single female participated nor did any male from the tribe of Levi.
1 person found this useful
Thanks for the feedback!

Who fashioned the golden calf?

The Israelites fashioned the golden calf when Moses spent too much time conversing with God. They got scared and created an idol to worship. Moses came down and broke the firs

What is the Hebrew word for golden?

Adjective: זהוב = Zahov (masculine) זהובה = Zehuva (feminine) זהובים = Zehuvim (masculine plural) זהובות = Zehuvot (feminine plural)

Did the Egyptians worship the golden calf back in the days of Moses?

Yes, the rebellious Israelites followed the idolatrous Golden Calf worship of the Egyptians. 2nd answer: The Egyptians worshipped RA, the sun god, among others. It was the tri

Which ancient Semitic fertility god was represented by a golden calf?

The moon god, sometimes called Sin, was usually represented by a golden calf with crescent horns. That the golden calf was widely worshipped among the ancient Israelites is de

Do they kill the calf to make cheese?

Around 25% of male calves are removed from their mother and slaughtered within 48 hours of their birth. Calves are used for TV dinners and kid leather. Others are sent to veal

Does a calf get killed to make something with calf hair?

In most cases the calf is not killed just for its hair or hide, but also for its meat being veal.

Who created the golden calf?

Actually who created the golden calf not moses brother ( Aaron ) but he is a man called samiri . and he is one of moses group . But the bible didnt mention for that . read the

Why did the Hebrews make the golden calf?

The Hebrew people were polytheistic right down to the religious reforms of King Josiah, in the seventh century BCE, and some scholars say that these reforms were only partly

What is the name of the golden calf?

  The Bible has several references to the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, which we now know represented the moon god. During the third dynasty of Ur (c 2060 - 1950

What is the archetype of the golden calf in the Bible?

The golden calf was long associated with the moon god. The worship of the moon god, Sin, goes back to at least the third dynasty of Ur (c 2060 - 1950), where the god was hono