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Biblical Beasts: Behemoth

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The behemoth is an animal that only appears in the book of Job, and there is a lot of speculation as to what kind of animal the behemoth actually is. The word itself just means great beast and the description is hard to identify with any known animal – he eats grass like an ox, his tail is stiff like a cedar, and his limbs are like bars of iron. Some believe the behemoth is something like a hippopotamus, an elephant or a crocodile whereas others think it is some kind of mythical chaos monster. So it’s a bit of a puzzle. But perhaps the bigger puzzle is why this animal features in the book of Job at all. Read more

Biblical Beasts: Ass

Friday, July 08, 2011

Biblical Beasts - Introduction

Wednesday, July 06, 2011
During the 'long vacation' Godzdogz will be offering a series of reflections on animals mentioned in the Bible. Sometimes they appear just as themselves, and why not? 'God saw all he had made and behold it was very good' (Genesis 1:31). All God  made includes the swarms of living creatures that live in the waters, the birds that fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens, and the cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth (Genesis 1:20, 24). Read more
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