Came across a young earth pastor that preached behemoth and leviathan were likely "mythological creatures" and not real animals. He's staunch in the young earth camp, and doesn't mind the dinosaur interpretation, but seems very influenced by commentators on Job. Here are some the reasons he cited for his position.
After reading dozens of commentators, he found no agreement on these passages (probably because most commentators don't take genesis literally, as I explained).
The hebrew word for tail could be interpreted phallus (something liberals commentators often put forth).
Sauropods were not water dwelling animals (to which I agree, but I don't think the passage requires behemoth to be semi-aquatic like a hippo).
There's a lot of uncertainty about hebrew words in Job.
Behemoth is connected in thought with Leviathan and Leviathan breathes fire and cannot be real.
Some objections I brought up were, if behemoth was a mythological creature, then why did God say he "made" him?? Mythologies are products of men not God. He then claimed there's uncertainty about the hebrew word "made". Problem is, it's the same word God used saying, "let us make man in our image." and the same word Moses used in Ex. 20:11. Also, if he was mythological, how would that support the point God was making?? How do you lecture someone about creation using non-created examples?
Be curious about people's take on this. I think liberal theology has crept into the churches far beyond what we realize. There are myriads of "conservative commentators" that just don't have the faith to believe straightforward passages, and their influence is far and wide.
Also, I'd be curious as to opinions on what Behemoth and Leviathan actually were. Yes they were real creatures, but are Sauropods and Kronosaurs the best match?
Does "chief of the ways of God" mean largest? The word there is re'shiyth, which means beginning (as in Gen. 1:1). ESV says of behemoth, "He is the first of the works of God". And he is depicted as big, but does he have to be the biggest? Could he have been a Hadrosaur or some other duckbilled dinosaur? Were those even semi-aquatic?
Could Leviathan have been a semi-aquatic dinosaur like Spinosaurus?
Looking forward to your insights.