reply to post by the siren
Doubt it was a archeopteryx, while an excellent example of common knowledge, the early bird only was around a foot or so in height.
To continue the dinosaur theme would be to include a pterosaurs, like Hatzegopteryx, which was probably the largest known of the species.
Over all, the most I could find for Ziz in the Bible was a fellow's name.
As for a sauropod... they notice the long tail, but ignore the long neck? You'd expect a verse along the lines of "And a neck so long it meets the
new sun, as it's tail flicks the passing day" or something.
And, you missed one other particular: It lives in a swamp.
Basically... sauropods were to heavy to live in a swamp. The popular interpretation of them still tends to represent that they did, but their size
would make them sink into the muck.
The tail is compared in strength to cedar; case in point, the entire description of the creature has nothing devoting to size, but only the strength
of the being itself.
His tail hardens like a cedar; the sinews of his tendons are knit together.
The tail is hard as cedar, not as big.
it looks like a dragon
It looks like a serpent, though depending on your idea of a serpent, there may or may not be a difference.
Here it's debatable, unlike the behemoth we don't have a straightforward description, we have three.
Job COULD just be describing a whale, their size alone could be attributed to each of the descriptions. It also does not mention multiple heads as
mentioned in Psalms, and the before descriptions, of which the Psalms is almost favourable, almost contrast Isaiah which seems to indicate that the
Leviathan is likely evil or cowardly.
Legends and tradition seem to prevent the leviathan in a myriad of different forms, and may well be a conglomeration of different creatures.