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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

04 October 2005

Are Dinosaurs in the Bible?

Q: Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?

LeviathanA: The Bible actually mentions very few animals among the thousands upon thousands that exist or have existed. It may be that Behemoth and Leviathan were land and sea creatures that we moderns would term dinosaurs.

Some theologians speculate that what came into our mythology as dragons may be a distant memory of creatures such as Leviathan. I suggest we consider going one step farther: When I read the extended description of Leviathan (Job 41), the Lord’s words make this beast sound exactly like I’d imagine a dragon to look.

Addendum: I wrote a later post that goes into much greater detail. Please see Biblical Dragons from February 2006.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.


Blogger Anna said...

I'm not too scholarly, but I have my own hypothesis so to speak.

We find in Genesis 3:14 (ESV) ... "The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life."

We see here that the 'serpent' did not crawl on his belly until after sin entered the world.

So, what I'm thinking is that maybe the dinosaur remains are the pre-fallen reptiles (snakes, crocs, gators, lizards, etc.) of the garden. This would account for the dino's 'mysterious' demise and older-then-anything dating.

Well that's my simplistic and brief answer. Do you think it's a possibility or just a goofy idea?

06 October, 2005 18:26  

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