Dinosaurs and the Bible
Did you know that the Bible describes a dinosaur? In the book of Job, chapter 40, starting at verse 15 it says:
Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.
What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly!
His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit.
His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron.
He ranks first among the works of God.
According to the highlighted words, God is saying that the most awesome creature He ever made has a tail like a cedar tree. This certainly fits the description of the Brachiosaurus, and the large dinosaurs are certainly the greatest creatures ever known.
It turns out that dinosaurs actually fit very well into biblical history:
- FORMED: They were created on Day 6 along with the other animals. Men and dinosaurs lived at the same time.
- FALLEN: After the sin of Adam & Eve the world started to become a wicked place, and even the animals began to behave badly.
- FLOOD: Except for the remnant saved on Noah’s Ark, many animals, including dinosaurs, were buried in the earth and fossilized.
- FADED: After the flood, the dinosaurs had a hard time adjusting to the new environment and their populations gradually declined. They are the “dragons” of folklore, and it is likely that people killed the last ones into extinction.
- FOUND: Dinosaur fossils were re-discovered in the 1820’s. By 1841 about nine types of different reptiles were uncovered and the term “dinosaur”, meaning “terrible lizard” was coined by Sir Richard Own of the British Museum.
You can learn more from one of these presentations:
- Dinosaurs, Carbon-14, and the Bible Video (more technical)
- Or view the PDF
- Dinosaurs and the Bible PDF (oriented towards middle-school age and above)