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 for Calf
From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Calf
     Calves were commonly made use of in sacrifices, and are
     therefore frequently mentioned in Scripture. The "fatted calf"
     was regarded as the choicest of animal food; it was frequently
     also offered as a special sacrifice (1 Sam. 28:24; Amos 6:4;
     Luke 15:23). The words used in Jer. 34:18, 19, "cut the calf in
     twain," allude to the custom of dividing a sacrifice into two
     parts, between which the parties ratifying a covenant passed
     (Gen. 15:9, 10, 17, 18). The sacrifice of the lips, i.e.,
     priase, is called "the calves of our lips" (Hos. 14:2, R.V., "as
     bullocks the offering of our lips." Comp. Heb. 13:15; Ps. 116:7;
     Jer. 33:11).
     
       The golden calf which Aaron made (Ex. 32:4) was probably a
     copy of the god Moloch rather than of the god Apis, the sacred
     ox or calf of Egypt. The Jews showed all through their history a
     tendency toward the Babylonian and Canaanitish idolatry rather
     than toward that of Egypt.
     
       Ages after this, Jeroboam, king of Israel, set up two idol
     calves, one at Dan, and the other at Bethel, that he might thus
     prevent the ten tribes from resorting to Jerusalem for worship
     (1 Kings 12:28). These calves continued to be a snare to the
     people till the time of their captivity. The calf at Dan was
     carried away in the reign of Pekah by Tiglath-pileser, and that
     at Bethel ten years later, in the reign of Hoshea, by
     Shalmaneser (2 Kings 15:29; 17:33). This sin of Jeroboam is
     almost always mentioned along with his name (2 Kings 15:28
     etc.).
     

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