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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Be´hemoth (Job 40:15) is regarded as the plural of behemah, but commentators are by no means agreed as to its true meaning. A number of learned men, with Bochart and Calmet at their head, understand the word in the singular number as a specific name, denoting the hippopotamus, seeking to prove, by somewhat forced interpretations of the beautiful poetical allusions in Job 40:15-24, the exactness of the description when compared with the species, which, however, in some respects is more applicable to the elephant, while in others it is equally so to both animals.

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Behemoth'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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