If the BOOK OF JOB doesn’t describe dinosaurs, what animals are being referred to?
Not all animals are mentioned by name in the Bible (cats, tigers, elephants, etc), but if God created the dinosaurs on Day six of the creation week, it’s possible that hey might be mentioned somewhere in the Bible and I believe this is also the case. However, “dinosaur” is a modern word invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1841 inspired by a Greek word meaning “terrible lizard”, and the word Behemoth is literally a plural form of a Hebrew word meaning “beast”. If the below is NOT a dinosaur, what is it?
Job 40:15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 17He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 18His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 19He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. 20Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. 21He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. 22The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. 23Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 24He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
Elephant and hippopotamus are sometimes suggested as candidates for the Behemot, but they have ridiculously small tails, and far from having tails “like a cedar”. They don’t move their tails like a cedar tree either. We can read that this creature is “the chief” of the ways of God, so this would exclude at least the hippopotamus, which isn’t the greatest of all animals, but neither does the rest of the description sound like an elephant. Leviathan is another unknown creature, and it sounds a bit like a dragon considering that it’s large and a fire-breathing animal. Many of the dragons that we can read about in fairy tales are fire-breathing and they do look like certain dinosaurs. What other type of animal could cause smoke and fire coming out of his nose or mouth? In the below description we can read about an animal that seems to be totally impossible to catch and subdue. Filling his skin with barbed irons is impossible, likely due to the hard skin surface and his scales. You can’t use a spear against his head, and just the sight of him can make a person tremble. His teeth are terrible, and swords, spears and arrows cannot touch him. The sight of a spear just makes him laugh, and for him iron is as straw. He can look at all HIGH things, etc. Interestingly, the “dinosaur” in the story of “Beowulf” had to be killed by using a spear through the stomach – the only place on a dinosaur which is soft enough. But how do you thrust a spear into the stomach of a large dinosaur without getting killed? The hero hid himself in a large hole he had dug in the ground, which he covered with material heavy enough to hold the weight of this particular dinosaur – but still with the possibility to stick a spear through it and reach the stomach of the dinosaur. Meat was placed on top of the trap to lure the dinosaur to come.
Job 41 1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 2Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 3Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 4Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 6Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 7Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 8Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. 9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? 10None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 11Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. 12I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion. 13Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? 14Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about. 15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered. 18By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 19Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. 20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. 21His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. 22In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 24His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. 25When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves. 26The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 27He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 28The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 29Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 30Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. 31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. 32He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. 34He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
If God created the land animals, including dinosaurs, on Day six, there should be stories of dinosaurs in the folklore of many nations because people after the Flood would have co-existed with them, and there are many such stories from all over the world. One of the oldest is of Gilgamesh – a hero of an ancient Babylonian epic who killed a huge reptile-like creature in a cedar forest. The early Britons tell us about reptilian monsters, one of which killed and devoured King Morvidus of Wales, c. 336BC. Another monarch, King Peredur, managed to slay his monster at a place called Llyn Llion, in Wales. The epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf mentions how Beowulf (c. AD 495-583) of Denmark killed a monster named Grendel and its supposed mother. The description of the monster is that he had been known for 12 years, he was bipedal, and he had two small forelimbs – one of which Beowulf tore off. His skin was impervious to swordblows. Other well-known dragon stories include Siegfried of the ancient Teutons (possibly the same person as Sigurd of Old Norse who slew a monster named Fafnir),Tristan, King Arthur, and Sir Lancelot, of Britain, and St George (Örjan in Swedish) who became the patron saint of England.
Brass engravings dating from the 1400s at Carlisle Cathedral in Britain depict creatures that any 21st century child would instantly recognize as dinosaurs, along with depictions of various fish, a dog, apig, a bird and other familiar animals. How could the person engraving those depictions have known what dinosaurs looked like, given that he/she lived over three centuries before the fossil bones of such creatures were systematically dug up, described and named?
If the Bible is correct, dinosaur fossils would be expected to appear suddenly in the fossil record, i e, without ancestors and intermediate forms., and this is what is observed. We can also see in the fossil record that some dinosaurs have died from cancerous tumours, and others that were cannibalized. Did the dinosaurs die such a terrible death in a “very good” world before Adam sinned? That couldn’t have been the case because there was no cancer in the pre-Fall world. Death is an enemy that must be conquered according to the Bible, and God would never have caused an enemy to roam around on earth for no reason at all. AFTER the fall on the other hand, death became a necessary outcome because the wages of sin is death. This means that dinosaurs must have been alive after the fall of Adam and he lived rather recently. Land animals were created on Day 6th just like man, and according to calculations of the genealogies, Adam was created about 6,000 years ago. Dinosaurs must have been onboard the Ark, but naturally Noah wouldn’t have to select large kinds of dinosaurs but juveniles. Since then, many creatures have gone extinct, not just dinosaurs,
Some dinosaur fossils are not completely mineralized. In fact, dinosaur bones with blood cells, hemoglobin and soft tissue such as blood vessels have been found! This is a problem for evolutionists, because how could such bones possibly be 65 million years old as they believe they are? Dr Mary Schweitzer is one of the researchers involved in the discovery of dinosaur blood cells, and she said: “If you take a blood sample, and you stick it on a shelf, you have nothing recognizable in about a week. So why would there be anything left in dinosaurs?” But so entrenched is the evolutionary paradigm in the scientific community, that it soon became known that Dr Schweitzer was having a hard time trying to get her results published in scientific journals. “I had one reviewer tell me that he didn’t care what the data said, he knew that what I was finding wasn’t possible” says Schweitzer. “I wrote back and said, ‘Well, what data would convince you?’ And he said, ‘None’.” Schweitzer recounts how she noticed that a T. rex skeleton (from Hell Creek, Montana) had a distinctly cadaverous odour. When she mentioned this to long-time paleontologist Jack Horner), he said “Oh yeah, all Hell Creek bones smell”. So ingrained is the notion among paleontologists that dinosaur bones must be millions of years old that the “smell of death” didn’t even register with them, despite the evidence being right under their noses. We are indoctrinated from early age to believe that life on earth must be millions of years old, and it’s sometimes difficult to reconsider this view.
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