Could Leviathan Be a Dinosaur?
Was leviathan, described in the forty-first chapter of Job, a crocodile? Find out on today’s Creation Moments Minute.
With sharp, armored scales on his undersides, what could this fearsome creature be? As in His earlier description of “behemoth,” the Lord is impressing Job with the wisdom and might of His creating power.
Some Bible translations suggest that “leviathan” is just a river crocodile. But leviathan’s description doesn’t even come close to fitting the most fearsome crocodile. For one thing, crocodiles don’t have sharp scales on their undersides. Rather, their undersides are soft and easily pierced.
No, say many creationists, this is not a river crocodile, nor does it seem to be any other familiar creature. But it is possible that it could be a water‑dwelling dinosaur – perhaps like a tylosaurus. We can’t be sure, of course. But the creature described in Job 41 does fit what we know about these giant reptiles.