Dinosaur in the Bible, not a hippo, not an elephant?
I’m sure these verses have come up a lot but this is why I personally believe the behemoth is not an elephant, hippo, or similar animal.
15 Behold now the behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox —
If you created the universe and was trying to show your power, you would have to use something incredibly huge to compare it to an ox. A large creature which still eats grass just like the ox. Even an elephant which is still pretty big, wouldn’t make too much sense, an ox is still not WAY smaller than an elephant.
17 He moveth his tail like a cedar…
That’s almost self explanatory, hippos and elephants have really small tails. How can you compare a small tail to a cedar? So I would rule them out because of this, and because of my last point I made. Plus I doubt God would have mistaken the elephant‘s trunk for its tail.
23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
Now, hippos live in rivers and have huge mouths, but we’ve ruled them out. And plus, I think something a lot, a lot, bigger than a hippo or elephant would be needed to even joke about them drawing up a whole river. You would need an incredibly large animal to say that he drinks so much water without even hesitating.
Now, you can say, “Well maybe it was a mammoth”. They still have tiny tail in comparison to a cedar tree. But God said he eats grass like an ox, what that could also mean is that he bends his head down and takes the grass directly into its mouth. Elephants and mammoths don’t bend down to eat, they use their trunks. And hippos aren’t too much bigger than an ox to even use. So now what? Still want to rule out a dinosaur? Apatosaurus makes much more sense to me.
Wow, I can’t believe you people are taking “drinketh up a river” literally. That boggles my mind. Where does God say, “take my words literally” ??
And God say in that first verse that he created the behemoth with man. Reread it. Plus don’t scientists today try to explain how they lived? It doesn’t mean they are correct. Thy are doing the same thing.
This is in Job 40: 15-24