I'm not asking about what is the dragon, it's the devil okay, but my question is why is it called "dragon", why dragons exists in the Bible, when they are nothing more than mythical creatures.

Actually dragons are perhaps the only creatures which appeared in all civilizations thousands of years ago, so I wanted to ask why are there dragons all over the place if it's mythical, usually civilizations have their own monsters except dragons.

But why the Bible holds on to such a mythical creature? Saint Michael fighting the dragon. And latter the story Saint George and so on, like why they called it "dragon" and not "locki"? Does the bible claim that dragons are real, regardless of their meaning in the text?

I thought that someone had written Saint Michael story after exploring the Chinese society and knowing what dragons are, but it's written in the Bible too.

Other religions have events existing in neighboring religions as a part of their holy text, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but I don't think the Bible has done that.

In any case, dragons weren't widespread in the Middle East, their inclusion won't serve a purpose like Babylon, the Middle Eastern people have different myths, so how did a mythical creature jump from China to the Bible and why is it described in such details, as if someone is portraying a real animal?

If we're assuming that the dragon came from Greek mythology, they didn't have many dragons, and none fire breathing dragons I know of. Fire breathing dragons appeared in east Asia and Norse mythology as far as I know and didn't influence the Middle East.

Some people are saying dragons are dinosaurs? Dinosaurs weren't discovered until 1800s. Okay the Bible have prophecies and can make predictions but I don't think the people that lived 2000 years ago would be able to grasp what dinosaurs are, I don't know, something is missing.

  • Possibly related: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/20587/4150 Dec 17 '17 at 16:54
  • @Lynob, you have about 4-6 different questions in the body, and you also make several assumptions, that are really separate topics, and there's way too many side bars in the body. Dinosaurs weren't discovered until the 1800's? What? You don't think people that lived 2000 years ago could grasp what dinosaurs are? What? They are in the Bible, and were on the ark. I think you should go back and look at what dinosaur means and when this word was invented.
    – Tennman7
    Jan 28 '21 at 0:59

The word Dragon occurs 13 times in the Bible but only in the highly symbolic book of Revelation. From the Ancient Greek drakôn (δράκων), meaning "giant serpent", depicting a terrifying monster, a serpentlike devourer. This is an appropriate portrayal of Satan due to him using a snake to deceive Eve in the Garden of Eden.

In European tradition the dragon is typically fire-breathing and tends to symbolize chaos or evil, whereas in East Asia it is usually a beneficent symbol of fertility, associated with water and the heavens. In the Bible it is a “great fiery-colored dragon [terrifying monster, serpentlike devourer], with seven heads and ten horns,” having a tail that draws “a third of the stars of heaven” after him. (Rev. 12:3, 4 NWT)

In my own words, I would view the biblical dragon more like a giant red snake, with seven heads and ten horns; not the stereotypical type of dragon.

  • what about saint georges and saint michael's dragons? especially georges' story
    – Lynob
    Dec 14 '17 at 20:26
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    The book of Revelation tells us that Michael wars with Satan [the dragon] and his demons [a third of the stars of heaven; mentioned in my answer] and hurls them out of heaven. They have permanently lost their place in heaven due to their rebellion and are confined to the earth. (Revelation 12:7-9)
    – Mattersbe
    Dec 14 '17 at 20:49
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    @Lynob The story of Saint George and the Dragon isn't in the Bible.
    – user32540
    Dec 14 '17 at 21:06
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    @Lynob Your question seemed to me to be focused on the history of the Bible and the culture surrounding dragons at the time the book of Revelation was written (Revelation is the only book of the Bible that mentions a dragon). Revelation is a book of prophecy that's full of symbols. From the way Satan is described as a dragon, it's clear that it's only a figurative illustration meant to describe Satan's attributes, not a statement about the existence of real dragons.
    – user32540
    Dec 14 '17 at 21:26
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    Please add to your answer which Bible translation you are using, I can guess from the comments but it is indeed critical to the answer.
    – Vality
    Dec 14 '17 at 23:18

The portrayal of the "dragon" originates from the "serpent" images in the OT, but is used in Revelation as the devouring predator enemy of Christ.

Excerpt from my post "The Signs of Revelation - Part V: The Animal Symbols of The Battle":

3. Dragon – Rev. 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 16, 17; 13:2, 4, 11; 16:13; 20:2 – the devil, Satan, the serpent of old from Genesis. chap. 3.

The word “dragon” is drakon in the Greek, and means a huge serpent. It only appears in Revelation. In the OT, it is the serpent in Ex. 7:9-10; the representation of Nebuchadnezzar as a dragon in Jer. 51:34; the representation of the idolatrous tribes of Israel in Deu. 32:33; the representation of Babylon in Isa. 27:1; 51:9; and the representation of Pharaoh, king of Egypt in Ez. 29:3.

The symbolic use of “dragons” and “serpents” meant the pagan, heathen nations who worshipped and sacrificed to idols, the unclean things they made with their own hands. Those pagan, idolatrous nations were always the enemies of the Most High.

Rev. Chap. 12 opens with a flash back to the birth of Christ and His church in the first part of the first century A.D, and is the fulfillment of Is. 26:17-21. Remember that Revelation is not a chronological account, but rather a series of themes, spot-lighting the events, recounting the prophesy from different aspects much as an historian would recount a war from different battle fronts.

Chapters 4 – 11 were presented and originated from the throne of God with the ascension of Christ, His judgments, and His leadership of the battle to be fought against the enemies of God. With Chapter 12 the prophesy turns to the battle that Satan and his agents / messengers brought against Christ and His church, His bride, the new Jerusalem.

The dragon in Revelation was a representation of the world power that was the enemy of Christ and His church. It appeared in “heaven”, the sphere of the political world dominion and power of Rome, the empire which ruled over Palestine, the “earth.” (See Part II for the meanings of “earth,” and “heaven” as used in prophesy.)

Satan was personified in the Caesars of Rome, and in the Sanhedrin of Judah who persecuted the saints and Christ’s church. This was the battle between heathendom, pagan idolatrous nations which was prophesied in Ez. chap. 38, with the enemies of God (Gog, the prince of the land of Magog) who were trying to obliterate Christianity. See here for a good discussion of Gog and Magog.

The seven heads and ten horns of the dragon correspond to the seven heads and ten horns of the sea beast in Rev. 13.1 identifying them as the same world power.

Psa. 74:12-14,

” And God [is] my king of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth. 13 Thou hast broken by Thy strength a sea-[monster], Thou hast shivered Heads of dragons by the waters, 14 Thou hast broken the heads of leviathan, Thou makest him food, For the people of the dry places.” (YLT)

Satan gave power to the beast to make war against the saints. (Rev. 13:4) He knew his time was short. (Rev. 12:12) His work and power accumulated through the pagan and idolatrous kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persian, and Greek empires and were culminating in that of the Roman empire. If Satan could not stop Christianity then and there, he would never be able to do so. Of course, he was never going to win. (Psa. 98:1; Is. 25:7-9; Dan. 12:1-3)

The dragon’s tail swept away a third of the “stars of heaven” in v. 4 and cast them down to “earth.” Remember from Part II that the “stars of heaven” were the sons of Israel, or the Jews. This is a reference back to Rev. 8:7-12 with the third parts harmed under the four angels. It refers to the Jewish authorities, and apostate people of Judah and Jerusalem.

The symbolic vision in v. 4 of the dragon standing before the woman ready to devour her child as soon as it was born is the image of both the Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ (Is. 66:7), who then fled to avoid the slaughter of the innocents under Herod (Matt.2:13); and also stands for the mother church born on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38-41) which later fled into the wilderness mountains to survive and be sustained during the persecution and tribulation of the Roman/Judean war. (See Matt. 24:16-20; Mark 13:14-18; Luke 21:20-22)

The Roman Caesars were claiming to be gods, and sons of gods. Their claims were those of impostors, who forced the people to worship them through acts of terror. Those that succumbed to the “mark of the beast” were those that worshiped the Caesars of Rome, and other pagan “gods.”

Satan’s desire was always to deceive the nations / people so that they would turn away from the one, true God. This was the war that was prophesied in Gen. 3:15 to be fought between the Seed of the woman (Christ) and the seed of the serpent. This battle waged by Satan was present throughout all of the OT. He desperately wanted to prevent Christ’s birth, and then to destroy Him.

The battle between the dragon and his “angels” – messengers / agents / followers – and Michael and His “angels” was fought in the “heaven” of the political, world-rule of the Roman empire.

Michael was the chief of the angels, and Daniel’s “prince” in Dan. 10:13, 21. Michael was the “great prince” who was prophesied to stand up for Daniel’s people in Dan. 12:1 during the time of tribulation, and the Archangel of Jude 9 who contended with the devil for Moses’ body. The word “Archangel” is capitalized, therefore a specific angel, and means the ruler of the angels. The only other time this word is used is in 1 Thess. 4:16 when Christ descends from heaven with the voice of the archangel.

Michael of the OT was the prefigured Christ, and the warrior, the Prince of princes (Dan. 8:25) who fought for His people, and is used again in Revelation as the symbol of Christ, the warrior on the white horse. Christ and the apostles and the newly converted saints were the ones battling with Satan and his angels. The battle was fought on the “earth” of Jerusalem, Judea, and Palestine. (Rev. 12:13-17)

There was no battle in the heaven where God sits on His throne. There is no evil, nor apostasy in heaven above! Therefore, this battle in Rev. 12:7-8 was symbolic of the spiritual struggle of principalities over the newly born church of Christ.

It took place during the time when the “woman,” the church fled into the wilderness in v. 6 where she hid for the 3-1/2 years (time, times, and a half / or 1260 days) which Christ told his disciples to do in Matt. 24:15-20. This was the 42 months of the Judean / Roman war when the gentile nations trampled the “outer court” of the temple under their feet (Rev. 11:2), and which ended with the destruction of that old Jewish temple in Sept. A.D. 70.

Thus, the dragon, Satan, and his emissaries / angels were defeated, and fell from their positions of power down to “earth.” (Rev. 12:8-9) Revelation chap. 12 is a preview of the battle that is portrayed in more detail throughout chapters 13 -19." Posted here

The language of prophesy needs to be studied in order to understand the metaphors. The dragon / serpent imagery was always used for the Adversary even from the garden of Eden in Gen. chap. 3.

All bold emphasis is mine.

  • thank you, i'll read it on monday and we'll discuss it, thanks so much
    – Lynob
    Dec 16 '17 at 11:14
  • I'll point out that this is a very specific interpretation of the book of Revelations that not all denominations adhere to; this interpretation views is as already having been fulfilled, rather than being an unfulfilled prophecy that will be fulfilled upon the return of Jesus.
    – nick012000
    Dec 22 '17 at 19:02
  • We do not privately interpret, and can only let scripture interpret scripture (2 Pet. 1:20), and for which there is ample scriptural proof.that all of it has been fulfilled. See the scriptural proofs at my blog shreddingtheveil.org.
    – Gina
    Dec 22 '17 at 19:14

According to a Young Earth Creationist perspective, such as found in The Remarkable Record of Job by Henry Morris, dragons are real historical creatures that are now extinct. He claimed that some of what we now call dinosaurs were once called dragons, that these dinosaurs lived contemporaneously with humans, but did not survive the climate change that followed the flood of Noah plus hunting to extinction by mankind.

  • Do you believe that? That's insane. Is there any scientific merit to these claims?
    – Lynob
    Dec 20 '17 at 23:30
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    As interpreted by Morris, the descriptions of leviathan and behemoth in Job most closely match two types of dinosaurs, one aquatic and the other land-based. Thus Job's record would be considered an eye-witness accountof human encounters with dinosaurs. In a court of law, eye-witness testimony is preferrable to circumstantial evidence, once the credibility of the witness is established. If one holds to the inerrancy of scripture (as I do), one must consider the possibility that some people in the distant past actually saw dinosaurs alive. Dec 21 '17 at 13:58

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