The biblical Leviathan (Tiberian for “twisted, coiled”) is vividly described in Job 41:1-34. God begins this “cross-examination” by asking Job: Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook, or press down his tongue with a cord? He then answers His own question in
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Some Jewish midrash sources said, “Yes - and yes, again!” They claimed that there was originally not only one – but two such creatures. Since one was male and the other was female, God allegedly slew the female so that they would not multiply and destroy the world. Her flesh was then salted and saved for the banquet that was to come when the Messiah arrived. The Talmud further elaborates that her skin would be used for the tent in which this banquet for the righteous will be held.
Some skeptics are just “kraken up” over the likes of these reports. Other folks are wondering whether science is finally “kraken down” on some age-old mysteries of the deep.