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“Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; he eats grass like an ox . . . He moves his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are tightly knit” (Job 40:15, 17).
The Bible doesn’t use the actual word dinosaur (which was first invented in 1841). But it uses some very interesting phrases to describe creatures that sound like they could be dinosaurs! For instance, God describes a beast that is the largest of His creation. It eats grass, has strong legs and bones, and a “tail like a cedar.” Of course, cedar trees are huge. They can grow up to 40 feet in diameter! So this beast was no small animal. Many people believe God may have been referring to some type of sauropod dinosaur here—perhaps a Brachiosaurus or Apatosuarus!
The Bible presents a different picture from what we usually hear, doesn’t it? But since it is the written word of the Creator God, we can trust it to provide us with a true and accurate picture of history that helps us understand the world we live in.
Want to learn more? Read the entire Answers for Kids Student Handout Set online!