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Today the Hebrew word "leviathan" is translated as a whale. But the leviathan of the Tanach seems to be some kind of sea creature. See Job 41:1-34. Tehillim 74 there is an implication that G-d served the meat of the leviathan to the Jews in the Midbar. Isaiah 27:1 describes it as a "tortuous serpent" that G-d will "punish." The Gemara in Bava Basra 74b says that G-d will serve the meat of the leviathan to the righteous. What is the prevailing opinion that best describes the leviathan, taking in these and other treatments of the creature in our texts?

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Can it be assumed to be kosher? Then we'd know it has scales and fins? –  Kinnard Hockenhull Oct 10 '13 at 19:23
A question is perhaps the leviathan is hyperbole or symbolic of something else. But what? –  Bruce James Oct 10 '13 at 21:15
Leviathan in modern culture is sometimes depicted as a giant squid. @KinnardHockenhull kosher remark is interesting. –  anthony-arnold Oct 11 '13 at 4:29
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