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Leviathan: The Original Fire Breather?

January 16, 2018

When I relaunched the blog as The Fantasy Scribe, my plan was to focus on mythical creatures. As in made-up, don’t-really-exist, creatures. But to my surprise—and childish delight—there is evidence that the creatures I've researched so far may have been real. Which is so awesome!


So today we’re going to look at the Leviathan. The great sea monster described in the Bible. There are many speculations about what the author of Job (a section of the Bible pronounced "jobe") was referring to when he described Leviathan, and we're going to look at four of them today. But first, an excerpt and my favorite part of the passage:


Job 41:15-29 “His rows of scales are his pride, shut up tightly as with a seal; one is so near another that no air can come between them; they are joined one to another, they stick together and cannot be parted. His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lights; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke goes out of his nostrils, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.”


This passage is so intriguing that it's hard to only share a piece of it. But there are many other exciting facts we'll examine from other parts of the text momentarily. For now just take a look at that bit! This creature spit flame out of his mouth. Which is incredibly cool! (At least, for us humans of today who don't have to encounter such a terrifying thing)