Don’t be confused: bulls are more than just male cows. Bulls are thick, powerful, sturdy beasts with a symbolic history as old as time. The bull isn’t like its steer counterpart for several reasons, the biggest one being: a bull isn’t castrated. Yes, the bull has all its manly private parts, allowing for its aggression and power to come full throttle — full throttle as a symbol as well as in the form of bull tattoos.
The bull has represented numerous things throughout the Torah and the King James’ Bible — the golden calf being one of the more famous stories, where the newly freed Israelite slaves were discovered to be worshipping golden statues rather than their beloved God. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me (Exodus 20:2), remember? But the bull has represented more than just a religious misstep — the bull, a symbol of strength and fertility, was often invoked as a way to express that a specific person in the Bible was powerful, or as a way to show God’s leadership. God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox (Numbers 23:22).