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Witness from the Bible
According to dictionary definitions Behemoth means a beast of oppressive size and enormous power. In another sense it is used to describe a vast corporation or organisation. In the Bible it is found in Job chapter 40.
“Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly. Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-
Every word, whether it be realistic or poetic is descriptive of a gigantic creature who fulfils the meaning of the word behemoth: which most experts suggest means colossal beast.
The book of Job was written between 4000 and 3500 years ago. You could argue that biblical commentaries have got it right in describing Behemoth as either an elephant or a hippo, as both are very large and also herbivores. This book of Job demonstrates that its writer understands the animal world very well. And yet if behemoth was an elephant or a hippo then what explanation is there for this colossal beast's tail being described as moving like a cedar. In the bible the cedar tree is a byword for grandeur. The movements of their branches would be a natural likeness to that of creatures such as a diplodocus or argentinosaurus.
The tails of all sauropods are of this type are massive, and they must have swayed like the branches of huge trees.
The tails of elephants and hippos by contrast are puny and insignificant.
Despite their size and power, the only part of their impressive frames you would not pick out for special attention would be their tails.
Look at the Behemoth says God to Job!
Sauropods are by far the greatest creatures ever to have walked the earth. If you wanted to impress and to create a sense of awe then these herbivores, described as the first among God's creation would do the job. And if you were picking some part of their part of their anatomy, which would you select to draw special attention to; especially if you wanted to emphasise their power and magnificence? If it were an elephant or hippo you were describing, would you proudly point to its tail and state:
"Its Tail Sways Like a Cedar"
God speaks to Job of a creature Job must have seen. He speaks of a massively impressive animal. Greater than every other, a standout animal. How else would the argument made by God have made its impact?
The image below gives a good idea of the scale of Sauropods
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