New Catholic Dictionary – Aaron the Patriarch

detail of an illustration of Aaron's Rod Budding as described in Numbers 17:8-10; from the 1728 Figures de la Bible, illustrated by Gerard Hoet and others, published by P. de Hondt in The Hague in 1728; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsProfile

Brother of Moses and high priest of the Old Law; chosen by Moses to be his spokesman before Pharoah (Exodus 4, 7, 8). He caused the casting of the golden calf which the Israelites worshiped in the wilderness (Exodus 32), but at the prayer of Moses he was spared the fate of the three thousand worshipers (Deuteronomy 9). The rod of Aaron blossomed as a sign that he had been chosen by God to be first high priest (Leviticus 8). He was not allowed to enter the Land of Promise, but died on Mount Hor (Numbers 20). His son Eleazar and descendants, Aaronites, were consecrated as an hereditary priesthood.

MLA Citation

  • “Aaron the Patriarch”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 September 2017. Web. 22 January 2022. <>