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Bibil Identifier bibil:224764
Publication Type Journal article
Title (French, Long) Behemoth and Leviathan
Author Fox, Michael V.
Journal Biblica (Volume: 93, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 261-267 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Scholarly consensus with regard to Behemoth and Leviathan in Job 40,15-24 and 40,25-41,26 emphasizes the evil and danger inherent in both. Behemoth is usually identified as the hippopotamus and Leviathan as the crocodile or a mythological dragon. The present article accepts the former identification but argues that Leviathan in the Theophany (as in Psalm 104,26) is based on the whale. The Theophany marginalizes the evil and dangers of the beasts. The author has left their hostility and violence in the background and has made them less aggressive and menacing, though still powerful, indomitable, and awesome.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Leviathan
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Theophany
Pericopes Job 40,15-40,24
Job 40,25-41,26
Job 40-41
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