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  • Heb. tannim, plural of tan. The name of some unknown creature inhabiting desert places and ruins (Job 30:29 ; Psalm 44:19 ; Isaiah 13:22 ; 34:13 ; 43:20 ; Jeremiah 10:22 ; Micah 1:8 ; Malachi 1:3 ); probably, as translated in the Revised Version, the jackal (q.v.).

  • Heb. tannin. Some great sea monster (Jeremiah 51:34 ). In Isaiah 51:9 it may denote the crocodile. In Genesis 1:21 (Heb. plural tanninim) the Authorized Version renders "whales," and the Revised Version "sea monsters." It is rendered "serpent" in Exodus 7:9 . It is used figuratively in Psalm 74:13 ; Ezekiel 29:3 .

    In the New Testament the word "dragon" is found only in Revelation 12:3,4,7,9,16,17 , etc., and is there used metaphorically of "Satan." (See WHALE .)

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    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Dragon'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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