One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is about the
fire-breathing Leviathan described in Job 41. The description in Job is
of a terrifying monster that is unstoppable and breathes fire. Fire
breathing is the part of the description that raises the most questions
and receives the most derision, but is it really all that strange?
Animals are capable of doing some amazing things. Electric eels are capable of generating an electric current powerful enough to stun a person unconscious. Bombardier beetles are capable of ejecting a chemical spray at temperatures higher than the boiling point of water, 212 degrees F. What would be necessary for a fire breathing dragon, dinosaur, would be for it to be capable of producing some kind of chemical mixture containing phosphorus. Phosphorus is capable of igniting when it comes in contact with oxygen. What would be required is for the leviathan to be able to ingest and expel such a chemical mixture, much the same as the bombardier beetle does.
Is phosphorus the answer to the fire-breathing leviathan? I donít know. It is one possible answer. What we can be certain of is that such things existed, as did many strange things in the past that are reported to us in the Bible.