If you are one of the persons who take Bible as it is and consider it scientifically true, than you probably believe in the existence of these Biblical monsters. Were they some unknown species of animals that became extinct since those times? Are they really creations of God, and if they are, where did they go since then? There are many questions to be answered to, in what the Bible is concerned. Today, we will deal with the 10 most controversial Biblical monsters:
1. The Unicorn
“Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?” (Job 39:9)
Mythical and han fairy tale character, the Unicorn was mentioned in the Bible. Good news for those of you who believed in its existence, for it was not only mentioned once, but 9 times actually : Numbers 23:22, 24:8; Deuteronomy 33:17; Job 39:9-10; Psalm 22:21; Psalm 29:6; Psalm 92:10; Isaiah 34:7. While some claim the the alleged unicorns might have been actually rhinoceros, others attribute this term to the aurochs, an extinct species of cattle.
2. The Behemoth
“Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; /He eats grass like an ox. /See now, his strength is in his hips, /And his power is in his stomach muscles. /Hemoves his tail like a cedar; (Job 40:15-17)
Even though God mentions the Behemoth as being a real animal, living at that time and known to most men, no living animal, at least one that is known today could fit the description. Imagine an animal with such a huge tail that it may be compared to a cedar. This and others details led some people to believe that this biblical monster was actually a species of animal that disappeared since then or even a dinosaur.
“And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”
Well, they are not really called zombies in the Bible, but isn’t this how you usually name people who arise from death and start walking around? They must have scared to death the people who saw them; same as in any good zombie movie of these days. Silly us to believe that we are having much more fun than people in Biblical days!
4. The Sea Monster
You divided the sea by your might; / you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters. /You crushed the heads of Leviathan; / you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness. (Psalm 74:13-14)
Also mentioned in other places in the Bible are the Leviathans, also called sea monsters or sea serpent. in Job 41, we have also a detailed description of the creature. I’m not saying that things like the unicorn really existed, but there might be species that disappeared since the Biblical time. Could be the sea monster one of those creatures…?
5. The Dragon
“And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.” (Isaiah 13:22)
Dragons, which are described in several places in the Bible seems to be associated with the Devil, because of its many heads and horns, which are mentioned in the Revelation. Moreover, modern versions of the book changed the word dragons to one that might sound more plausible to the believers: jackals. Only translators know which the best word to be used here is, and if dragons were really mentioned in the Bible…
6. The Giants
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them…”( Genesis 6:4)
Giants are to be found in other places in the Bible as well. And what joy the advocates of the Bible must have felt when some pictures of alleged giant skeletons, found by archeologists in Saudi Arabia were spread all over the internet. Unfortunately, it all turned out to be just another hoax!
7. The Satyrs
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.( Isaiah 13:21)
Same as with the dragons, the word satyr, which was found in earlier versions of the Bible was replaced with wild goats. Another mention of the satyr is in Isaiah 34:14, but yet again, the word was replaced with wild goats, maybe in order to make the Bible more credible.
8. The Cockatrice
For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you saith the Lord.”(Jeremiah 8:17)
I’m sure most of you never heard of a cockatrice. Apparently, it is a serpent which was hatched-surprisingly enough- from the egg of a cock. It is also called “basilisk”, which might sound a little more familiar. This creature has the power of killing whoever dares staring into its eyes. However, other versions of the Bible translate the word as “adders”, “vipers” or “fiery flying serpent”.
9. The Nephilim
“and there we saw the Nephilim, sons of Anak, of the Nephilim; and we are in our own eyes as grasshoppers; and so we were in their eyes” (Numbers 13:33)
So who were these Nephilim? This part really confuses believers and scholars alike, because no real description of them is given. While some replace the term “giant” (see the verse in the “Giants section”) with “Nephilim” and theorize that they were the children born from the union of fallen angels and women, others do not give up the Giants so easily (especially since “proof” of their existence were found) and claim that both Giants and Nephilim existed and the Nephilim were actually people who rejected God and took false gods. But then, they would not be monsters, would they? Not to worry, the list of claims does not stop here: there are some people who believe that Nephilins may be hybrid extraterrestrial-human beings!
10. The Beast with seven heads and ten horns
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”(Revelation 13:1)
In order to believe this one to be true, you should have a huge dose of imagination, no doubt about it. I am not even sure how the 10 horns could be distributed on 7 heads, but this is not the point, is it? The monster is believed to be Satan, or a symbol of destruction. Yet again, others, who try to predict future based on the Bible, associated this terrifying Biblical monster with many historical figures (negative ones, of course).