Are Dragons Really Mentioned in the Bible?

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Are Dragons Really Mentioned in the Bible?

Personally, I am a huge fan of dragons. I am obsessed with books involving dragons, such as the Wings Of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland. Dragons have interested people throughout time as there is artwork depicting dragons in almost every culture and continent.

Many scholars believe the behemoth would have been a type of dinosaur, specifically a Sauropod. Some scholars argue that the behemoth would have been a hippo or an elephant, yet the behemoth is described as having a tail that “sways like a cedar” (Job 40:17).

Hippos and elephants do not have tails that are this large as their tails are short. Nevertheless, the Book of Job describes mankind walking with both the Leviathan and the behemoth. The Leviathan and the behemoth are extraordinary creatures that God has made.

It is without a doubt that they exist because the Bible tells us they do. However, what is up for debate is whether or not the Leviathan is indeed a type of dragon. It is my opinion that the Leviathan is a type of dragon, yet each person can have their own opinion on the matter.

The Leviathan is once again mentioned in the Book of Psalms. Psalm 74:14 tells us, “It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.”

In this passage of Scripture, the psalmist is referring to the Leviathan being destroyed by God and giving it to be food for the creatures of the earth.

While this single Leviathan may have been killed in this way to display God’s glory, it is possible that there were more Leviathans in addition to the one spoken of in this passage of Scripture.

Given the description of the Leviathan, it is reasonable to conclude that the Leviathan could have been some type of a dragon, whether that be a land dragon or a water dragon.

Many people try to discount the existence of dragons, but there is much evidence of dragons throughout the world, such as each culture having drawings and artwork depicting dragons, not to mention the accounts in the Bible.

While some scholars may disagree with me, I believe the Leviathan is most likely a type of dragon rather than an extinct reptile, crocodile, or alligator.

We cannot be dogmatic at claiming dragons are still around or if they are not. It is highly plausible that dragons are still around, but they do a good job at keeping themselves hidden. It is also possible that dragons are not around anymore.

We might not know the exact nature and existence of dragons until we are in heaven; however, we can always read about the Leviathan in the Bible. If you’re like me, you have the hope that there are still dragons in the world.

I know that God has created amazing creatures, therefore, we cannot limit His greatness. Dragons are magnificent creatures and are wise according to ancient texts. It would be amazing to see a dragon, but we cannot be dogmatic that we would see one in our lifetime.

Just because we never see something with our eyes does not mean it does not exist. Dragons are mentioned in the Bible many times, with some references referring to Satan and some referring to the Leviathan.

For further reading:

What Is the Leviathan According to the Bible?

What Is Bel and the Dragon?

What Does it Mean to Be ‘Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves’?

What Does the Bible Say about Dinosaurs?

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Vivian Bricker loves Jesus, studying the Word of God, and helping others in their walk with Christ. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree in Christian Ministry with a deep academic emphasis in theology. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and friends, reading, and spending time outside. When she is not writing, she is embarking on other adventures.