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The Behemoth is a giant land monster in Jewish literature, and also is mentioned in the Bible. It is often depicted with the Leviathan and some say it resembles a large hippo, elephant or other land beast. Some theorists claim that it could have even been a dinosaur such as a sauropod. The behemoth is mentioned in the Book of Job in the Old Testament.
''Behold now Behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.'' - Job 40 15-24 (KJV)
Some people argue that the Behemoth was a hippo, rhino or elephant, but other disagree, pointing out that hippos, rhinos and elephants do not "moveth his tail like a cedar" as described, having relatively small tails. Some creationists and theorists believe this could be describing a type of sauropod dinosaur, thought to have been extinct. Others suggest that this interpretation of the line, and that it has been taken too literally.
The creatures featured in the gallery to the right are all considered to be possible explanations for the Behemoth.
In Popular Media
- In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a Titan was named after Behemoth. It was an apelike mammoth that destroyed cities with its massive tusks.