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Taming the T-rex …And other dinosaurs CHALLENGING EARTH HISTORY: Part IV The Biblical Questions + Elaine Kennedy, Ph.D. Geoscience Research Institute
Does the Bible Talk About Dinosaurs?
Job 41:8,15, 29, 31 If you lay a hand on him [leviathan], you will remember the struggle…. His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together…. A club seems to him like a piece of straw; he laughs at the rattling of the lance…. He makes the depths churn… and stirs up the sea…. NIV
Job 40:15, 17, 21 Look at the behemoth… which feeds on grass like an ox. His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. Under the lotus plant he lies, hidden among the reeds of the marsh. NIV
Were Humans & Dinosaurs Living Together?
What Are Some of The Questions Christians have about Dinosaurs?
Weren’t Dinosaurs too Big for the Ark? One Christian author says: Soon after the flood the race began to rapidly decrease in size, and in length of years. There was a class of very large animals which perished at the flood. God knew that the strength of man would decrease, and these mammoth animals could not be controlled by feeble man. EGW: 4A SG 121
Weren’t Dinosaurs too Big for the Ark? As we have seen, ½ the families of dinosaurs were smaller than an adult giraffe. So there is no reason to think that they might not be on the Ark. Perhaps the author is talking about the large mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, etc. that went extinct during the Flood. The extinction of large animals seems to be a consistent trend in the fossil record.
Were Dinosaurs Amalgamations? One Christian author says: Every species of animals which God had created was preserved in the ark. The confused species which God did not create, which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood. EGW: 1SP 78
Were Dinosaurs Amalgamations? This author specifies that amalgamated species were considered “confused species.” There is nothing confusing about dinosaurs. Their bone structure is distinctive, their skeletal features are distinctive and when the data is studied, dinosaurs are a clearly defined group of animals.
Part IV: Summary What does the Bible say about dinosaurs? –Job 40 (large herbivore, probably low to the ground, probably not a dinosaur) –Job 41 (marine creature, not a dinosaur) What are some of the other questions about dinosaurs? –4A SG 121 (large animals, not just dinosaurs) –1 SP 78 (amalgamated, probably not dinosaurs)