Why we can’t find the word dinosaur in the Bible?

The following points will explain why we don’t find the word dinosaur in the Bible:

1-The Bible was completed 1,900 years ago and was translated fully into English by 1535 (by Miles Coverdale). The English word “dinosaur” was not coined until 1842—more than 300 years after the first complete English translation of the Old and New Testaments.

2-The Bible is not a taxonomical book. The Bible’s main purpose is to teach about God and His plan for man, not to list every animal God created. Just because the Scriptures do not mention an animal, this does not mean that it never existed alongside humans. There are many animals the Bible never specifically mentions, including cats, kangaroos, elephants, penguins… etc. To say that these animals did not cohabit the Earth with man because the Bible does not mention them, would be incorrect. The same is true with dinosaurs.

3-The Bible talks of dinosaur-like creatures. Consider the Hebrew term tannin in Job 7:12. It is translated “sea monster” (ASV, NASB, RSV), “monster of the deep” (NIV), or “sea serpent” (NKJV). In Genesis 1:21 and Psalm 148:7 where the plural form of tannin is used (tannim) in literal contexts (like Job 7:12), the word is translated “great sea creatures/monsters” (NKJV, NIV; ASV, NASB, RSV). Also Isaiah referred to the “flying serpent” (30:6). Although it is impossible to know the exact identity of the “flying serpent,” we know that flying reptiles with long tails and slender bodies (e.g., Rhamphorynchus, Dimorphodon) once lived (cf. Herodotus, 1850, pp. 75-76). What’s more, the Bible gives God’s description of two massive creatures in Job 40-41, behemoth and leviathan, which seem exactly like dinosaurs or dinosaur-like, water-living reptiles.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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