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Dinosaur in the Bible

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Dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible on a number of occasions. However, the word "dinosaur" was not invented until 1842, thus they are often referred to by other common names from ancient times such as dragons, serpents, cockatrice, or basilisks in some translations.

Lengthy descriptions of two creatures called the leviathan and behemoth are given in the Biblical book of Job. Behemoth is described as an immense land animal, which is believed by some to be a Sauropod. Leviathan, on the other hand, is portrayed as a terrifying fire-breathing sea monster. Both Behemoth and Leviathan were known to other people of the ancient world as were other types of living dinosaur.

In After the Flood by Bill Cooper summarizes:

The Egyptians knew Behemoth by the name "p'ih. mw", which is the same name, of course. Leviathan was similarly known as Lotan to the men of Ugarit. Babylonian and Sumerian literature has preserved details of similar creatures, as has the written and unwritten folklore of peoples around the world. But perhaps the most remarkable descriptions of living dinosaurs are those that the Saxon and Celtic peoples of Europe have passed down to us. [1]


Main Article: Behemoth

There is a graphic descriptions of an animal in the Biblical book of Job that may be a dinosaur. Behemoth is described as an immense land animal, which is believed by some creationists to be a Sauropod. [2]

"Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him. When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth. Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?" - Job 40:15-24


Main Article: Leviathan

There are graphic descriptions of an animal in the Bible, called Leviathan, which is portrayed as a terrifying fire-breathing sea monster. Some believe that Leviathan is a reference to an extinct animal that was alive and known to those that lived during the days of the Old Testament. Some that hold to this view suggest it was a plesiosaur, such as the Kronosaurus,[3] However, more recently the the SuperCroc (Sarcosuchus) has been put forth as the most likely candidate for the Leviathan.[4][5]

"Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?... Around his teeth there is terror. His strong scales are his pride, Shut up as with a tight seal. One is so near to another, That no air can come between them. They are joined one to another; They clasp each other and cannot be separated. His sneezes flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning torches;...The sword that reaches him cannot avail; Nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin. He regards iron as straw, Bronze as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones are turned into stubble for him."Job 41:1-34


Main Article: Dragon

"In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."Isaiah 27:1 (KJV)

Saint Michael and the Dragon (15th century)

"Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness."Psalm 74:13-14 (KJV)

"And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him."Revelation 12:7-9 (NIV)

"Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent."Isaiah 14:29 (KJV)

"The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, 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."Isaiah 30:6 (KJV)

"And in that same place there was a great dragon, which they of Babylon worshipped. And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt thou also say that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh; thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore worship him. Then said Daniel unto the king, I will worship the LORD my God: for he is the living God. But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this dragon without sword or staff. The king said, I give thee leave. Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did seethe them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in the dragon's mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder: and Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye worship."Daniel 14:23-27 (DRA)


  1. Dinosaurs from Anglo-Saxon and other Records Chapter 10, After the Flood by Bill Cooper.
  2. Could Behemoth have been a dinosaur? by Allan K. Steel. Journal of Creation 15(2):42–45. August 2001.
  3. Ham, K., The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved! Master Books, Green Forest, AR, pp. 43–47, 1998.
  4. A new candidate for Leviathan? by Peter Booker. Journal of Creation. 19(2) 2005. 14-16.
  5. Wieland, C., Dragons of the Deep, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, p44-45, 2005.

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