Question about Job 40:15-24

edited December 1969 in Faith Issues
Just a quick, possibly simple question about Job 40:15-24. What is the animal being described? I have heard some people argue it is a dinosaue, and say that it can't be an elephant or hippopotamaus because of the tail that is like a Cedar. I'm just curious as to what it animal it is refering to, and also about the Churches stance on dinosaurs? Thanks
15 “Look now at the behemoth,[a] which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.

16 See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.

17 He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.

18 His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.

19 He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.

20 Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.

21 He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.

22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.

23 Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,

24 Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.


  • I wonder. If the passage had been referring to a mythological creature, wouldn't God's argument on ascertaining all of creation, to Job, fall apart? Couldn't Job merely reply, "Now wait a minute. You never created any creature like that, man did." Interestingly, as keen as a man as Job was; for the very sixty six questions he was asked back to back all he could facilitate as his best respond was
    "Behold, I am vile;
    What shall I answer You?
    I lay my hand over my mouth." (Job 40)

    A very perceptive question.

    God bless.
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