Mysterious Monsters and Legendary Creatures of the Bible
Article Written by Nate Beck
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Mysterious Monsters and
Legendary Creatures of the Bible
by Nate Beck
I’ve always been a lover of monsters and as a Bible student, I’m glad they can be a part of my study. For the Bible itself is full of monsters! It’s an area of study few Christians care to discuss, which is pretty common for me, as I enjoy the mysterious and unusual. It’s also a good time to put out this article, as it’s Halloween month, where monsters abound!
I thought I’d provide a short guide to a few Bible monsters and where they haunt around in scripture.
So, Dear Reader, here’s a presentation of a few beasties that might pique your interest.
This is a controversial animal described in Job chapter 40. The Hebrew word for it is a compound word meaning something like “beast extraordinaire”. Reading the description in Job makes the theory that it’s an elephant or hippo sound impossible. Especially considering it’s tail like a cedar tree! The Behemoth has never been positively identified by any scholar. What do you think?
Goliath is without a doubt, the most famous giant of the Bible, although others are mentioned. 1 Samuel 17:4 gives his height as nine feet, nine inches, if you take the cubit to be 18 inches! Other giants are mentioned in the Bible as well. Most famously in Genesis chapter 6:1-4, where many believe the “Sons of God” mentioned were fallen angels who mated with human women to produce these giants. It’s an intriguing theory. What do you think?
Perhaps the most interesting monster in the Bible, the Leviathan is a sea dragon presented to us in Psalm 104, Isaiah 27 and Job 41. Fantastic descriptions are given of this beast that breathes fire and causes those who look on him to faint! He is often seen and presented as a picture of the Devil himself! What do you think?
These creatures are often seen as half man and half goat, like Pan of Greek mythology. There are a couple places in the Bible where these creatures are mentioned, such as Isaiah 13:21, and Isaiah 34:14. The word satyr derives from a Hebrew word that does mean a hairy beast, and is often seen in contexts of devil worship. What do you think
Unicorns are famously mentioned in the Bible, for better or worse. See Deuteronomy 33:17, Job 39:10, Psalm 22:21, and Psalm 92:10. Many people have conflicting theories as to what animal is being described. However, one should keep in mind that the word Unicorn technically just refers to any animal with one horn. However, I am inclined to think the famous horse of legend might in fact be meant in the Bible! But I’m a romantic. What do you think?
There are a few other monsters from the Bible I could mention, but these are my favorites. Which Monsters or Legendary Creatures do you like?
Source: King James Bible, 1611, Public Domain
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