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A large animal of unknown identity, which God mentions in his address to Job in Job 40:15–24. It has been suggested that it may be a crocodile or hippopotamus, but the word more likely refers to a legendary animal or beast, similar to Leviathan.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Behemoth. Hebrew word in plural form usually translated “beasts” or “wild animals” (as in Dt 28:26; 32:24; Ps 50:10; Is 18:6; Hb 2:17). Most English versions refer only once to “behemoth,” where the context seems to refer to a specific animal, large and powerful, believed by many biblical scholars to
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BEHEMOTH Hebrew word in plural form usually translated “beasts” or “wild animals” (as in Dt 28:26; 32:24; Ps 50:10; Is 18:6; 2 Esd 6:49, 51; Hb 2:17). Most English versions refer only once to “behemoth,” where the context seems to refer to a specific animal, large and powerful, believed by many biblical
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BEHEMOTH. Morphologically the Heb. plural of behēmâ, occurring 9 times in the OT (Dt. 32:24; Jb. 12:7; 40:15; Pss. 49:12, 20; 50:10; 73:22; Je. 12:4; Hab. 2:17), and in all but one of these occurrences ‘beasts’, ‘animals’ or ‘cattle’ is apparently the intended meaning. In Jb. 40:15, however, the reference
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Behemoth (Heb. behēmôṯ)Lit., a “great beast.” The term represents the plural of majesty (plural of the Hebrew noun “beast, cattle,” accompanied by singular verbs), implying a single beast (Job 40:15). The traditional identification of Behemoth has been the hippopotamus. In Egyptian religion the king,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
BEHEMOTH בהמותI. Despite frequent claims that Behemoth refers to one or another animal of the natural world, the Behemoth depicted in Job 40:15–24 (10–19) is best understood as a mythological creature possessing supernatural characteristics. By form bĕhēmôt is the intensive (feminine) plural of bĕhēmâ
Catholic Bible Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Behemoth. (Heb. בְּהֵמוֹת) This Heb. word, which occurs several times in the OT, is generally translated ‘beast’ except in Job 40:15, where the AV, RV, and RSV all retain the form ‘behemoth’. Here it means a particular beast, the greatest of all land animals (perhaps the hippopotamus), and the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Be´hemoth (great beasts). There can be little or no doubt that by this word, Job 40:15–24, the hippopotamus is intended, since all the details descriptive of the behemoth accord entirely with the ascertained habits of that animal. The hippopotamus is an immense creature having a thick and square head,