Sunday, 4 November 2012

Dinosaurs in the Bible?

Joel Kontinen

What does the Bible say about dinosaurs? While the word dinosaur was not coined until the 19th century, there are some interesting hints in the Old Testament.

The Book of describes a huge land animal called behemoth:

Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox.
See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles.
He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.
He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword
.” (Job 40:15-19).

The description fits that of a huge sauropodian dinosaur.