‘Although the monstrous creature was obviously a vegetarian, its size was overwhelming. Its hips were built to withstand the enormous force of each pounding step and its midsection was a mass of muscle. Its gigantic tail extended far behind, not unlike a giant cedar tree swaying behind his body. Its bones were built like steel girders with ribs like iron bars to support his enormous weight. Surely this was the greatest among the creatures ever to roam the swamps and rivers of the earth.’
Is this a scene from the 1993 blockbuster movie Jurassic Park, or 1997’s Lost World? It could be, but it isn’t. Although the above description seems only to fit a sauropod such as Apatosaurus, the description is loosely taken from one of the oldest books of the Bible, Job 40:15–24 (where it is actually in the present tense). If dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years, how could a writer of the Bible have so accurately described the appearance, food, and habitat of this creature?
Adapted from an article by John Whitmore, World by Design, 2(3), PO Box 292, Columbus, Ohio, USA.