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Discover the Book - June 4

  • 2012 Jun 04


Dinosaurs & Dragons


Dinosaurs were positively a part of those beasts God created. They exhibit a powerful testimony to the Majesty and Power of God.


Dinosaurs are not mentioned in the Bible, in the sense that the word appears in the Bible, because that name wasn't invented until 1841, and the Bible was translated into English in about 1600-over 200 years earlier-but I do believe that dinosaur are described in the Bible! The oldest book of the Bible, the Book of Job, records the existence of several large unusual creatures.  In a passage describing a dozen representative animals, we find more space, 44 verses in fact, devoted to two animals that apparently are now extinct. One of these was a huge land animal called a "behemoth”, that was also extremely powerful, the largest of all the land animals, and impossible to capture.  Fanciful attempts to identify him with existing animals are ludicrous. 0930 {be-hay-mohth'} AV - behemoth 1; 1  perhaps an extinct dinosaur, a Diplodocus or Brachiosaurus, exact meaning unknown. Some translate as elephant or hippopotamus but from the description in Job 40:15-24, this is patently absurd.

In Job 40:15-24, we read: “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.  Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.  He moveth his tail like a cedar. The sinews of his stones are wrapped together.  His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.  He is the chief of the ways of God: He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.  Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.  He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.  The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.  Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: He trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.  He taketh it with his eyes: His nose pierceth through snares.”

What is the Biblical view of dinosaurs?  And whatever really happened to these remarkable creatures?

The Bible records the fact that Dinosaurs did not become extinct "millions" of years ago.  They are mentioned in the Bible.  Some of them were alive after the Flood of Noah. In Genesis 1:21    “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind.- and God saw that it was good. The Hebrew tanniyn is translated "whales," but in 20 other places it is translated "dragons," “sea monster”, or "serpent”.

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