Are dinosaurs mentioned
While the word "dinosaur" does not appear in the Bible, there is a good reason for it. The King James Version (KJV) was translated in 1611, and the word "dinosaur" was not invented until 1841. Most modern translations were written by people who believe that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago and so they do not use the word " dinosaur."
The Bible refers to dinosaurs, but it calls them dragons. Dragons are mentioned 37 times in the Bible and six of these are with known real animals. They can be found in:
Deuteronomy 32:33 (KJV) Their wine is the
poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
Job 30:29 (KJV) I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
Psalm 91:13 (KJV) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young
lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
(KJV) And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and
brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of
dragons, and a court for owls.
Isaiah 43:20 (KJV) The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons
and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the
desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
Jeremiah 14:6 (KJV) And the wild asses did stand in the high places,
they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was
In these passages the Bible is clearly referring to real animals. Equating dragons to dinosaurs is justified by history, since dragon is what any person before 1841 would have called a dinosaur if they had seen one.
The Bible also describes two of these animals in great detail. The Bible refers to Behemoth in Job 40:15-24 and Leviathan in Job 41
Job 40:15-24 (KJV)
15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
God takes all of Job 41 to describe a fierce sea reptile called leviathan. The description is of a very intimidating, fire breathing sea reptile. It is most likely one of the aquatic dinosaurs.
Some claim that leviathan is a crocodile, but there are problems with this idea. First of all, have you ever heard of a fire breathing crocodile? Furthermore, Isaiah 27:1 referred to Leviathan as "the dragon that is in the sea." and crocodiles are not found in open sea. Finally, the overall description is of the animal does not fit a crocodile. Leviathan seems so fierce that it would make a crocodile look tame in comparison. So Leviathan was most likely one of the aquatic dinosaurs and clearly not a crocodile.
By the way, it clearly got Job's attention.
Job 41:1-34 (KJV)
1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
The Bible also has two references that sound vary much like ancient descriptions of Pterodactyl or other flying dinosaurs. In both cases the Bible refers to flying serpents along with known real animals. Today we know from fossils that at some time in the past there were flying reptiles. If Isaiah or any other ancient Israelite had seen a Pterodactyl, they probably would have referred to them as flying serpents.
Isaiah 14:29 (KJV) Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod
of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth
a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
Isaiah 30:6 (KJV) The burden of the beasts of the
south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young
and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches
upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of
camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
So the Bible clearly does mention dinosaurs, it uses different names but it does refer to them.