Dragon

Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.”  – Deuteronomy 32: 33     “I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.” – Job 30: 29      “You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the dragon you shall trample underfoot.” – Psalm 91: 13      “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 34: 13    “The beast of the field shall honor 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.” – Isaiah 43: 20       “And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.” – Jeremiah 14:6

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1. “Dragons” are mentioned 37 times in the Bible

  • In 6 instances, they are mentioned alongside of other known animals
  • The presumption in Scripture is that this is a real creature 1
  • The word used for dragon in the Hebrew is the transliteration “tanniym

2. In some instances, this word is translated as “whale” (Job 7: 12), “serpent” (Exodus 7: 12), and in others it is “sea monster” (Lamentations 4: 3) 2

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Dragons are found in cultures the world over – traditions and folklore regarding dragons can be found throughout Europe and Asia and stretch even to the Americas

  • “The dragons of legend are strangely like actual creatures that have lived in the past. They are much like the great reptiles which inhabited the earth long before man is supposed to have appeared on earth. Dragons were generally evil and destructive. Every country had them in its mythology.” (Knox, Wilson, “Dragon,” The World Book Encyclopedia, vol. 5, 1973, p. 265.) The article on dragons in the Encyclopedia Britannica (1949 edition) noted that dinosaurs were “astonishingly dragon like,” even though its author assumed that those ancients who believed in dragons did so “without the slightest knowledge” of dinosaurs. The truth is that the fathers of modern paleontology used the terms “dinosaur” and “dragon” interchangeably for quite some time. Stories of dragons have been handed down for generations in many civilizations. No doubt many of these stories have been exaggerated through the years. But that does not mean they had no original basis in fact.” 3
  • The Piasa Bird is a native American mural, found along the Mississippi in Illinois, that is believed to date as far back as the 1200’s.  Although the original unfortunately was quarried away – we know what it looked like from drawings and lithographs.  It is yet more evidence that some creature really did exist that gave rise to the traditions all over the world 4

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National Geographic ran with the discovery and used an artist’s rendering on one of its covers. 5