He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
сряда, 12 март 2014 г.
The male counterpart to Leviathan, one of the
of the deep. Like Leviathan,
Behemoth is associated with Rahab and the sea, and is
personified variously as a whale, crocodile, and hip-
popotamus. He is also associated with the
The book of
says that Behemoth and
Leviathan were separated by God at the creation, with
Leviathan being sent to the sea and Behemoth being
sent to an immeasurable desert named Dendain. In
the Bible, Job 40:15–24 describes Behemoth as a
mighty beast, “the first of the works of God” (40:19).
Rabbinic lore holds that on the Day of Judgment, he
will slay and be slain by Leviathan. His fate is to fur-
nish meat for the Messiah’s feast, and his flesh will be
distributed to the faithful. Another rabbinic legend
says that God destroyed Leviathan on the day he cre-
ated both monsters, but placed Behemoth, in the form
of a giant ox, on enchanted mountains to fatten him
up. There he eats the grass of 1,000 mountains each
day; the grass grows back each night. Behemoth is
doomed to remain there alone until the end of time,
because God realized that such a monster could not
be loosed upon the world.
In Christian lore, Behemoth is considered one of
the prime representations of evil. The demonologist
, who catalogued the ranks of
not include Behemoth in his list, but he did include
him in another work,
which he said that Behemoth represents Satan himself.
Other demonologists of medieval times did include
Behemoth in their rankings.
Behemoth is sometimes described as being over-
weight and stupid; thus he encourages gluttony and
the pleasures of the belly. His shape shifts to various
animal forms, and often he is depicted as an elephant
with a huge stomach.