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Behemoth - Dinosaur of Biblical Proportions
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Does the Bible say anything about dinosaurs? Check out this MOC Creation of the biblical Behemoth to find out!
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As modern evolutionary theory states, dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, and humans came onto the scene only 3-2 million years ago. Thus, it is assumed that man and dinosaurs have never coexisted, and there are no records of man's encounters with these incredible creatures. This is the basis for the whole popular theory of dinosaurs--that they are prehistoric and thus, nobody was there to see and experiment on them. And thus, scientists interpret the fossils based on these assumptions about the past.

However, if one begins from another starting point and worldview, the biblical worldview, we see that dinosaurs and humans MUST have coexisted, and the records of these creatures MUST exist somewhere in the world! How do I know? Well, the Bible states that human beings were created on Day 6 of Creation Week, and that land animals were also created on Day 6. Since dinos are land animals, this means that dinosaurs and humans must have been created on the same day! Also, Jesus said that, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female," thus it should be taken for granted (if you believe the Bible) that there were no 'prehistoric' animals.

"But if that is the case, then why doesn't the Bible talk about dinosaurs?" Simple. The first English Bible translation was printed in 1611, and the word dinosaur was invented in 1841, so we shouldn't expect to find the word "dinosaur" used in the Bible. But there are several creatures in the Bible which match the description of dinosaurs, and I have recreated one of them in my MOC models below.



The first of these creatures is the Behemoth, which is described in Job Chapter 40 starting in verse 15, "15 Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you," thus showing that Job was familiar with such a fantastic and enormous creature. The word Behemoth means, "beast of beasts" indicating that this is indeed the largest land animal.



"...He eats grass like an ox." - This verse is significant, as it identifies this creature as a vegetarian. Many dinosaurs were herbivores, such as the Triceratops and the large sauropod (long-necked) dinosaurs. Coprolites (fossilized droppings) from sauropod dinosaurs has revealed a diet of grass. "16 See now, his strength is in his hips, and his power is in his stomach muscles." - Many try to argue that this description would make this creature a hippo or an elephant. However, the many of the details of sauropod dinosaurs match this description much better. For example, the hip structure of Brachiosaurus has led scientists to believe that the Behemoth would have hoisted itself up on its hind-legs and hips in order to reach the highest branches and leaves at the tops of the highest trees. This would have required an enormous amount of strength in this animal's hips and stomach muscles.



"17 He moves his tail like a cedar..." - This one verse rules out the hippo or elephant option altogether. In the Bible, when something is compared to a cedar tree, it is talking about something which is large, strong, and powerful. Hippo tails and elephant tails would be better described as being "like a reed in the wind" than the size and movement of a cedar tree. However, a large sauropod dinosaur does have a tail which matches this description. In some dinosaurs such as Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus, the tail vertebra can be as thick as a log! Paleontologists have also long thought that sauropods used their long tails like a bull-whip to defend against enemies.



"...the sinews of his thighs are tightly knit." - The large Brachiosaurus had leg bones which would lock-up, making its limbs like pillars. Such a structure would require an enormous amount musculature, which fits with this description of Behemoth's muscles. "18 His bones are like beams of bronze, his ribs like bars of iron." - Everyone has seen the massive fossilized bones of the dinosaurs in museums. At the Chicago Field Museum, a large bronze cast of a Brachiosaurus stands at the front of the museum to greet visitors with an awesome sight which matches God's description perfectly. "19 He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword." - Again, if this creature was anything short of a dinosaur, this description would be inappropriate. Hippos and elephants were both hunted and tamed in the ancient world (Egyptians and Hannibal). Only something towering, massive, and strong could be called the first in the ways of God.



"20 Surely the mountains yield food for him, And all the beasts of the field play there." - What would a vegetarian animal eat from in the mountains? Trees of course, which is known to make up some of the diet of sauropod dinosaurs. "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." - Imagine how huge a creature must be in order to be surrounded by willow trees while lying down in a river! Many try to use this as evidence for the elephant explanation, though you have to remember that Behemoth is in the river at this point in the description."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." - With such a massive body, Behemoth needed to drink large amounts of water in order to stay alive. His large legs and enormous size would have proved much more mighty than the raging waters of the Jordan.

The description of Behemoth in the Bible not only confirms what the Bible already declares about the history of all things, but it also helps us to lead us to God our Creator. The Book of Job was written within a few hundred years after the Flood, which shows that dinosaurs were one of the animals saved from God's judgement of the Flood. Dinosaurs were saved on God's gracious provision of the Ark. You may ask, "How did they fit?" Well, God would have certainly brought the smaller, younger ones in order to fulfill God's purpose of repopulating the world after the Flood. These dinosaurs would have entered through the door of the Ark to be saved from the Floodwaters. Likewise, in order to board God's Ark of Salvation salvation from sin this time (Jesus Christ), we must come through the door, which is Christ Himself. As Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Jesus died on the Cross to take away the punishment for your sin, which is death. What is required to receive this free gift is to make yourself small, in a way, by humbly repenting and admitting that you have have sinned and can do nothing to save yourself, and then believe that Jesus died to save you from your sins and that God has raised Him from the dead. Then you will receive God's gift of eternal life and board God's Ark of Salvation. (Romans 10:9, John 3:16)



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  July 11, 2013
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible Excellent build here, I really like the landscaping job you did. As with your Tyrannosaurus MOC, I have to disagree with what you say about it: I don't think Job 40 is talking about a sauropod dinosaur, because verse 23 says "Indeed the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed; He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth" - the mouth of a sauropod dinosaur really isn't all that impressive. If the Jordan was raging and gushing into a sauropod's mouth, I would bet that the sauropod would be disturbed.
I highly suspect that the Bible is not literally saying that Behemoth could drink up the Jordan. Based on context, this is most likely poetic language. However, the point being made here is clear. The Behemoth could drink large amounts of water, and is undisturbed when the river rages. This leaves no problem for the sauropod definition, and actually confirms it. Neither a hippo or an elephant match this description either. In many cases, these animals are swept away be raging river waters. However, we know that the large sauropods required lots of food and drink and would have been nearly invincible due to their massive size. ~ Caleb
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  July 11, 2013
Excellent build here, I really like the landscaping job you did. As with your Tyrannosaurus MOC, I have to disagree with what you say about it: I don't think Job 40 is talking about a sauropod dinosaur, because verse 23 says "Indeed the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed; He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth" - the mouth of a sauropod dinosaur really isn't all that impressive. If the Jordan was raging and gushing into a sauropod's mouth, I would bet that the sauropod would be disturbed.
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  July 9, 2013
Great build! I like how you made the people jumping back!!!!!
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  July 8, 2013
YES! Great job with the MOC! Yeah, I wouldn't want to get hit by a cedar tree tail! Awesome work!
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  July 5, 2013
Quoting cmg mvg That's not a bad theory, though I like to think of the days in their more literal translation of phases, meaning creation could have taken billions of years. This does sound like the description of a Brachiosaurus to me, good job compiling all of this Biblical evidence.
Thanks for the kind words about my model and mini-article. I once believed the same about the days in Genesis 1, but after doing a little more research and finding out about the Hebrew context of the word 'day,' I became convinced that the universe could not be billions of years old, according to Scripture. The first reason is that in Hebrew, whenever you find the word day used with a number, or the words evening, morning, or night, it is always referring to a literal, 24-hour period of time. Also, in Exodus 20:11, God wrote in stone, "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day." This was the basis for the Fourth Commandment, which required working and resting over literal, 7, 24-hour days. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back later for more MOCs!
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  July 5, 2013
Quoting Nicholas Dreadman (formerly Inferno Thirteen) I find this theory quite interesting, even as an atheist. And funnily enough, there is some, although questionable, evidence of human and dinosaur co-existence. There are stones with pictures of dinosaurs and humans together calved into them, although I've forgotten any detail. Hundreds have been found, most are fake, inspired by the possibly legitimately ancient originals
Yes, indeed. There are thousands of ancient artifacts depicting dinosaurs. Many are fakes, as many thousand of them are the Ica Burial Stones, although many scores of them are authentic. For example, the engraving on Bishop Bell's tomb in Carlisle Cathedral in England has two clear depictions of a Diplodocus and a Shunosaurus. Also, many of the Wyvern depictions have been so compelling as pterosaurs that the Wikipedia (the all-source of knowledge and truth ;) says it on their Wyvern page. Be sure to keep checking our page, as we will be recreating much of this artwork in LEGO MOC soon. Thanks!
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  July 5, 2013
That's not a bad theory, though I like to think of the days in their more literal translation of phases, meaning creation could have taken billions of years. This does sound like the description of a Brachiosaurus to me, good job compiling all of this Biblical evidence.
 I like it 
  July 5, 2013
I find this theory quite interesting, even as an atheist. And funnily enough, there is some, although questionable, evidence of human and dinosaur co-existence. There are stones with pictures of dinosaurs and humans together calved into them, although I've forgotten any detail. Hundreds have been found, most are fake, inspired by the possibly legitimately ancient originals
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  July 5, 2013
I like the snot! Good job!
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  July 5, 2013
awesome!!
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  July 4, 2013
Quoting claw paradox personally, I am not a creationist, (although, I am a catholic christian) and do not agree with all this stuff, but besides from that, nicely done! 5/5
Thanks for the kind words about my model! I will be posting some more dinosaur stuff (Leviathan model, and T. Rex, Pteranodon, Spinosaurus, & Coelophysis skeletons) soon, so be sure to keep watching out for them! - Caleb
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  July 4, 2013
personally, I am not a creationist, (although, I am a catholic christian) and do not agree with all this stuff, but besides from that, nicely done! 5/5
 
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