Tales of Unknown Creatures Make Sense in a Biblical Framework of History.
Reports of unknown monsters of the deep have been a part of sea lore for hundreds of years, but very little attention has been paid to such tales until recent years.
With more and improved scientific methods of investigation, there is growing evidence that they are more than just a product of early sailors’ imaginations, according to even some secular researchers.
Monsters in the Bible
More fascinating still is the apparent connection between fossils of prehistoric marine reptiles, and the monsters described in the pages of the Bible. ‘… leviathan, that wriggling, twisting dragon …’ is mentioned in the Old Testament four times.
Leviathan is described in detail, in Job chapter 41, as a creature of immense strength. In the Hebrew text, he has ‘terrifying’ teeth and scales like rows of shields, closely fastened together and hard as stone. He is a resident of the sea, knowing no fear and apparently immune to all man’s weapons.
Many scholars identify this animal as a crocodile, but as other experts have pointed out, there are several problems with this idea.
Although some crocodiles do venture into the coastal areas and can swim out to sea, the deep ocean is not their normal habitat. They are found mainly in inland waters, where they live in lakes, rivers, swamps and estuaries, and breed on the shores. Therefore they would not be described as great beasts of the sea (Psalm 104:25–26). Nor are crocodiles so terrifying that no one dares tackle them—crocodiles are regularly trapped and killed by native tribes with simple technology….
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