Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Molten Calf

Exodus 32 talks about the so-called Molten Calf. Let's take a look:

Exodus 32:4
‎4 ‏וַיִּקַּ֣ח מִיָּדָ֗ם וַיָּ֤צַר אֹתוֹ֙ בַּחֶ֔רֶט וַֽיַּעֲשֵׂ֖הוּ עֵ֣גֶל מַסֵּכָ֑ה וַיֹּ֣אמְר֔וּ אֵ֤לֶּה אֱלֹהֶ֙יךָ֙ יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר הֶעֱל֖וּךָ מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרָֽיִם׃ 
4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
I've discussed in details this story on my NIP page and My Methods page. However, I wanted to add a few illustrations to further my point and to provide an easy way to understand Torah text.

As you can see from the above verse, the traditional interpretation of the word עגל is "calf".

Also, the word "עגל" is used in Genesis 45:19, 21, 27, 46:5, Numbers 7:3, 6, 7:7, 7:8 to refer to the "carts".

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