10 Amazing Accounts You Never Knew Were In The Bible

The Bible is arguably the most fascinating piece of literature to date. Filled with a variety of stories which may seem ordinary, bizarre, eye-opening, or downright confusing, it is said to reflect human nature in all its good or evil glory as well as provide a means for us to have a different perspective in life. Many look to the Bible as a source of inspiration, while others who remain skeptical about what the book says. Nevertheless, whether you are a firm believer or not, here are some accounts in the Bible which are both amazing and unfamiliar.

10. God The Monster Slayer

Leviathan

God, according to Christian tradition, is often portrayed as an all-knowing, benevolent being capable of doing anything and everything on a whim. And although most people would portray God as an old, bearded man sitting on His high throne, He was actually a little more active than that. In many Biblical accounts, the almighty creator of the universe wrestled with Jacob (and lost). In Psalm 74:12–14, we see Him fight against one of the most powerful beings ever mentioned in the Bible, a sea monster.

“But God is our king before ages: he hath wrought salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou by thy strength didst make the sea firm: thou didst crush the heads of the dragons in the waters.
Thou hast broken the heads of the dragon: thou hast given him to be meat for the people . . . ”

The sea monster, known as “Leviathan” or a dragon in other translations, was a monster straight out of your nightmares. What is interesting about it is that this sea monster, when taken as a representation of primordial chaos, can be linked to the creation myths of other cultures. There are actually other ancient creator gods and creation stories that tell of a god or gods battled with chaos, usually in the form of a dragon or a serpent, before creating man and the Earth. A good example can be found in the Enuma Elish, a Babylonian creation story of Marduk defeating Tiamat, another sea monster, worshiped as the goddess of the sea and of Chaos. Marduk then uses her remains to create the Earth and all that we see.

Chaos, known by biblical scholars as Leviathan or Rahab, is also represented by the Bible as the waters or as the darkness. Genesis, perhaps the most familiar of all creation stories, says that darkness was in the face of the deep and that God moved upon the face of the waters first before Light and the entire creation emerged out of it. This is used by those who believe that Chaos is the precursor to Cosmogony.

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