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Behemoth בהמות
(2,238 words)

I. Name

Despite frequent claims that Behemoth refers to one or another animal of the natural world, the Behemoth depicted in Job 40.15–24 (Job 10–19) is best understood as a mythological creature possessing supernatural characteristics. By form bĕhēmôt is the intensive (feminine) plural of bĕhēmâ (‘beast, ox’; collective: ‘beasts, cattle’; see Botterweck 1975:6–17); nevertheless, in Job 40.15–24 the grammatical forms pertaining to Behemoth are all masculine singular. The figure suggested is a singula…

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B. F. Batto, “Behemoth בהמות”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Behemoth>

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