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KJV translation (Genesis 1:21 ; Job 7:12 ; Ezekiel 32:2 ; and in Matthew 12:40 with reference to Jonah) for Hebrew tan. The Hebrew term can refer to a primeval sea monster or dragon ( Isaiah 27:1 ; 51:9 among others), to a serpent ( Exodus 7:9 ; Psalm 91:13 ), or possibly a crocodile (Ezekiel 29:3 ; Ezekiel 32:2 ). The Book of Jonah refers simply to a “great fish” (Jonah 1:17 ). Matthew used the Greek ketos , indicating a great sea monster rather than indicating a particular species. All references show that God is in sovereign control over all that humans fear might threaten life and the created order.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Whale'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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