Summer is my favorite time of year. The reason?
This summer is promising viewers some of the best movies of the year, mostly due to the long-awaited release of Jurassic World. As I watched the trailer for the thousandth time in eager anticipation of its arrival, I began to wonder: Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?
Part of me has always wondered if Adam got to ride a T. rex around Eden. Or maybe Noah had a pet pterodactyl on the ark. It’s fun to imagine, but could it really be true? I had to check it out for myself.
So here is what I found.
There are two creatures mentioned in the Bible that some people believe might have been dinosaurs. The first one is called a Behemoth, and it’s mentioned in Job 40:15-24. Pay attention to how this creature is described in the beginning verses:
Look at Behemoth,
which I made along with you
and which feeds on grass like an ox.
What strength it has in its loins,
what power in the muscles of its belly!
Okay, so we know that this creature ate grass, and it was really strong, but that could be a lot of things, like maybe an elephant or a hippo. We don’t have quite enough evidence yet, so let’s keep reading:
Its tail sways like a cedar;
the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
Its bones are tubes of bronze,
its limbs like rods of iron.
Wait, did you catch the part where it said this creature had a tail like a cedar? Cedars are massive trees; some of them can grow up to 50 feet. I’ve never heard of an animal with a tail that big. Could the Behemoth be a dinosaur? It’s possible.
The second creature is called Leviathan, and it’s described in a couple different places in the Bible. Check out this crazy description from Job 41:18-21:
Its snorting throws out flashes of light;
its eyes are like the rays of dawn.
Flames stream from its mouth;
sparks of fire shoot out.
Smoke pours from its nostrils
as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.
Its breath sets coals ablaze,
and flames dart from its mouth.
Basically, the Leviathan sneezes fire. If that’s not enough to convince you this is one strange creature, in Isaiah 27:1 the Leviathan is called a “serpent” and a “dragon.” Could the Leviathan be a dinosaur? It’s possible.
So there are least two animals in the Bible that don’t seem like your run-of-the-mill barnyard animals. While the Bible doesn’t tell us for sure what kind of animals they were, their descriptions do seem awfully close to something you might see in Jurassic World.
I don’t think we’ll ever know for certain. However, it’s good to be reminded that we serve a creative God, a God that created awe-inspiring animals like the Behemoth and the Leviathan.