Behemoth

Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made witht thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Defenders Study Bible notes: The word “behemoth” means, simply, “huge beast,” and commenter’s commonly take it to be either an elephant or hippopotamus. The subsequent description, however, fits neither of these, nor any other living, animal. On the other hand, it seems to match the probable description of a great land dinosaur, such as the tyrannosaurus. (I don’t agree that it was a tyrannosaurus, because this dinosaur was a vegetarian.)

16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the naval of his belly.

17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinew of his stones are wrapped together. Defenders Study Bible notes: No elephant or hippo has a tail like a cedar. This description supports the theory mentioned above may be a dinosaur.

18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

19 He is the chief of the ways of God: He that made him can make His sword to approach unto him. Defenders Study Bible notes: The behemoth was the “chief” of all created land animals, which could only, therefore, have been one of the great land dinosaurs. These, like all other animals, were created on the fifth and sixth days of creation week. Seemingly, the dinosaurs had representatives preserved on Noah’s ark. Some descendants survived to and beyond Job’s day, giving rise to all the traditions of dragons in various parts of the world.

20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the bests of the field play.

21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

22 The shady trees cover him with their shadows; the willows of the brook compass him about.

23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snare.

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Serpents

Isaiah 14:29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palastina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpents root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

Isaiah 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lino, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

 

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Sea Monsters

Lamentations 4:3 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches of the wilderness. Defenders Study Bible notes: The Hebrew word here translated “sea monsters” is tannin, also translated “whales,” and “serpents,” but most commonly, in the King James Version, “dragons.” Modern versions sometimes render it “jackals,” wolves,” and “crocodiles.” This confusion is because the tannin, whatever they were, are now extinct. In the 16th century and earlier, however, accounts of dragons were still so widely known and reliable that scholarly Bible translators saw no problem in identifying the tannin as “dragons.” They knew that the biblical accounts correlated realistically with the many similar records in early and medieval literature. Since the first dinosaur bones were discovered less than two centuries ago the biblical accounts have been found to correlate with information paleontologists have provided about dinosaurs, from reconstructing the many fossils of these once abundant animals. However, the particular tannin in this verse seems to be a mammal, whereas most dragons seems to have been dinosaur-like reptiles. Possibly at least one kind of dragon/dinosaur was similar to the platypus, which has features of both reptiles (laying eggs) and mammals (suckling it’s young). Perhaps tannin, was understood as a generic term, applied to any large monster-like animal. Paleontology has also revealed a number of exotic animals called mammal like reptiles; many of these also were large and grotesque. In any case, dragons were real animals-probably dinosaurs or mammal-like reptiles of both-which did not become extinct until relatively modern times.

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