How Are Dinosaurs Discussed in Christian Children’s Literature and Educational Materials?

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Dinosaurs in the Bible: What does Christianity say about dinosaurs?

 

Most people are surprised when they learn that dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible. The truth is that there are many references to these ancient creatures in religious texts and Christian children’s literature, but those references always seem to be about dragons or other mythological animals. None of these mentions is about a real animal that lived millions of years before humans ever appeared on earth: instead, they all refer to one creature or another from ancient mythology or folklore.

Many people are surprised to discover that dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible.

You might be surprised to learn that dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible. The book is the most popular in the world, with an estimated 2 billion people reading it every year. It has been translated into more than 2,000 languages and distributed worldwide by missionaries and other evangelists who use it as a tool for sharing their faith with others.

Although dinosaurs were not known in the time of the ancient Israelites, some have suggested that they might be what God is referring to when He speaks of dragons.

Although dinosaurs were not known in the time of the ancient Israelites, some have suggested that they might be what God is referring to when He speaks of dragons. The Bible is a book of history, not science; therefore it does not directly address dinosaurs or any other extinct creature (with one exception: see below).

In Job 40:15-24, we find a description of Behemoth that has been compared with descriptions of large reptiles like dinosaurs. This passage does not mention dragons explicitly; however, some scholars have argued that Behemoth could refer to such creatures and thus indirectly speak about them as well. In addition, Psalm 91:13-16 mentions Leviathan as another creature similar to Behemoth but with greater strength and agility–this could also apply metaphorically if interpreted as describing an aquatic dinosaur like plesiosaurs or mosasaurs rather than just sea monsters.

The apostle John was a fisherman who met Jesus and wrote many of the New Testament books attributed to him, including Revelation.

John was a fisherman who met Jesus and wrote many of the New Testament books attributed to him, including Revelation. He was one of the twelve apostles. John’s father Zebedee was a fisherman, but his mother Salome has been described as “an assumed name,” meaning that it is not known if she really existed or if she was just used as an example for other women at the time (2 Timothy 3:5).

John had two brothers–James, son of Zebedee (died c AD 44) and Simon Peter (died c AD 67). In addition to being named after their father’s profession as fishermen, there are other reasons why these men were called “fishermen.” First off all there is an account found in Matthew 4 where Jesus called His disciples together after a storm had passed over their ship so that He could teach them about His kingdom; this happened during an event referred today as The Encounter with Jesus Christ on Lake Galilee which occurred sometime after 33 A D . Secondarily though when someone asks us what we do for work our answer might be something like: “I’m a lawyer” or even better still “I’m unemployed right now so I’m doing temp work at Microsoft.” It doesn’t matter if those statements aren’t true anymore because they’re part of our identity! It would feel weird not saying those things out loud every time someone asks us what we do professionally.”

The King James Version translates 1 Corinthians 10:9 as “the rock [that] followed us.”

The King James Version of the Bible was completed in 1611. It is one of the most influential translations of the Bible and continues to be used by many Christians today. In 1 Corinthians 10:9, Paul writes that he “drank of a spiritual rock” (KJV) while on his journey through Arabia; however, other versions translate this phrase differently because they do not understand what Paul meant by “rock.” For example:

  • The New International Version reads: “I drank from that spiritual stream.”
  • The New American Standard Bible states: “I drank from that spring.”

It’s interesting to note how different translations can change how we read texts like this one!

In the book of Job, a discussion about dragons is actually a discussion about mythical creatures called behemoths.

In the book of Job, a discussion about dragons is actually a discussion about mythical creatures called behemoths. Behemoths are described as being bigger than elephants and whales and having powerful jaws that can crush boulders with their feet. Although they are not dinosaurs in the strictest sense, these descriptions mirror those of many dinosaurs.

In Genesis 1:21-23 we read: “And God created great whales and every living creature that moves which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind and every winged fowl after its kind; and God saw that it was good.” This passage implies that there were already animals on earth when God created man–and he did not create them all at once but over time during six days (Genesis 1:1-2). Thus dinosaurs must have lived alongside humans in biblical times!

In fact, there is no mention of dinosaur-like animals in any religious text until almost 2 millennia after Christ’s death.

In fact, there is no mention of dinosaur-like animals in any religious text until almost 2 millennia after Christ’s death. The Bible doesn’t mention dinosaurs, but it does mention dragons.

It’s not clear if the Bible mentions dinosaurs or not. Some people believe that since God created everything on Earth, including creatures like dragons and unicorns (which may have looked like dinosaurs), then there could be some truth to this idea that dinosaurs once roamed the planet before humans did! But others argue against this by saying that if God was going to create something as big as a Tyrannosaurus Rex or Triceratops, he would have done so directly instead of allowing them to evolve naturally over millions of years from smaller reptiles like lizards and snakes–or even birds! They also point out how unlikely it would be for these huge creatures with hollow bones made mostly out protein fibers called collagen rather than calcium carbonate found within human bodies

By contrast, scientists have been telling us for decades that dinosaurs lived over 100 million years before humans even existed on earth

  • By contrast, scientists have been telling us for decades that dinosaurs lived over 100 million years before humans even existed on earth.
  • The first dinosaur fossils were discovered in the 19th century and are still being found today.
  • Dinosaurs are not mentioned at all in the Bible, so it’s no wonder that Christians have been hesitant to include them in their teachings about creation and the history of life on earth.

Dinosaurs have been part of our culture since the first T-Rex appeared in “The Lost World” (1925), but they aren’t mentioned much in religion

Dinosaurs have been part of our culture since the first T-Rex appeared in “The Lost World” (1925), but they aren’t mentioned much in religion. Dinosaurs are not mentioned in the Bible, which was written before scientists discovered dinosaurs existed and therefore could not be included by its authors.

However, there are several references to them in Christian children’s literature and educational materials. The apostle John was a fisherman who met Jesus and wrote many of the New Testament books attributed to him, including Revelation. In one passage from Revelation 12:3-4 we read: “Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns on his head; also seven crowns on his heads…throwing down great stars from heaven to earth.” This dragon may be our first recorded mention of a dinosaur!

We hope this article has helped you to understand how dinosaurs are discussed in Christian children’s literature and educational materials.

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