Bible Terms

Bible Term: Leviathan

The leviathan is an unknown marine animal that is referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible. It’s mentioned three times in Job, twice in Psalms, and once in Isaiah.

It’s precise identity is debated. Suggestions include a mythical sea creature or a crocodile. It’s described in some translations as a sea beast (in Job) or a serpent (Isaiah). Regardless, it was respected for its massive power and might.

Key verse about Leviathan: “Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? ( Job 41:1, NIV)

A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

By Peter DeHaan

Peter writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and make a faith that matters. Learn more at