“But if you or your sons turn away . . . and serve other gods and worship them . . .” (1 Kings 9:6)
This bronze figurine of a bull is a Canaanite symbol of fertility, sometimes associated with the worship of the storm god Baal. It was found at an open-air ritual site in the Israelite heartland, most likely built by Israelites. It is reminiscent of the golden calves installed at the worship centers of Dan and Bethel by the Israelite king Jeroboam I (1 Kgs 12:28-29).