Does the bible really refer to dinosaurs?
I was told the other day that the bible mentions monsters that are suppose to be dinosaurs in it. Is this true?
The word "dinosaur" is not in the Bible. However, some people think that dinosaurs are referred to a time or two. For example, in Job 40:15-24, an animal called "behemoth" is described in a way that fits the characteristics of a Brachiosarus.
Realistically, no. All ancient cultures, including the ones that wrote the Bible, believed in gigantic monsters. The science of archaeology, working with fossil evidence, has discovered dinosaurs. But to relate one to the other is pure guesswork.
Or is it the other way around? Could it be that the discovery of dinosaurs confirms what the Bible was saying about giant creatures?
I agree; you might even say modern interpreters are wishfully stretching an ancient text to "fit" later discoveries. There are stories and references to giant bones being dug up in Greek and Roman antiquity (Aristotle is one such ancient source; I th
There have always been legends of dragons. Science strongly believes that people were never in the presence of them, as we were not yet people in the age of dragons. Nonetheless, dragons existed. The fossil record proves it. I personally believe that people have within them the ability to commune with the ancients. Just as they had the ability to connect with us. Perhaps this is the source of legend, and the reason for technological advancement. A noted few have stated on record that a link to the future is accessible through meditation. Nostradamus' quatrains are still being scrutinized after hundreds of years. The bible is the best-selling piece of literature ever printed. Surely no one involved in that would want to write of fantasy.
These authors were the most credible and literate of the times that they lived in. Also what they wrote of was something for which they were held responsible, and tripe, kitsch, or slander- could be punished by death. They only meant to please the ones in charge.
At the time the bible was penned, people did not know of bacteria, viruses and much of what we know of today. Simple magic tricks an illusions could convince just about anyone of anything, and as for literacy, that was only for the elite.
No. Dinosaurs are not in the Bible. The Bible was written several million years after dinosaurs died out. If you believe in the 6000 year creation you have a problem fitting everything in. The Bible describes one re-creation, the one we are in now. It hints that there were other creations. There is definite reference to giants that were here before Adam and are still here (Genesis). These references appear to refer to human type creatures, some believe bigfoot. Many people assume that the "sons of God" that were having sex with humans were angels. This makes no sense. The more likely reality was that there were other people here before Adam that weren't destroyed in the last re-creation of earth from the void. Also God created more humans than Adam and Eve, but the Bible doesn't mention that either. Where did Adam's kids find wives?
The old Testament does describe a "behemoth" in some detail. Some who believe that the world is 6000 years old believe that this is evidence that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time. I simply believe the behemoth described in the old Testament is more like an elephant or some other large animal. Check out Job 40:15-24. And see what you think.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se … ersion=NIV
I do not remember ever reading anything in the Bible about dinosaurs or anything alluding to dinosaurs --- I doubt they are mentioned or even alluded to. I do not even remember reading or hearing anything about "monsters" in the Bible.
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