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In the Bible, Tannin is the Hebrew term for Leviathan or sea dragon (Isaiah 27:1). Sometimes he is compared with Rahab, another sea monster who is especially associated with the Red Sea. Some scholars associated Tannin with Tiamat, as it happened with Rahab. It is unclear in Jewish literature the differentiation between Tannin, Rahab, and Leviathan, but Tannin and Rahab are more easily confused one with the other. Tannin, as well as Rahab, was a name applied to Egypt after the exodus of the Israelites from that country.

In modern Hebrew the word tannin (תנין) literally means crocodile.

EtymologyEdit

The name developed in modern Hebrew tannin (תנין) literally means crocodile or alligator, from tan (תנ) the stem for hidden or foul lizards or snakes. See tanshemet.

DescriptionEdit

Tannin is represented as a dragon or a serpent.

OriginEdit

Sometimes he is compared with Rahab, who is especially associated with the Red Sea. Some scholars associated Tannin with Tiamat, as it happened with Rahab. It is unclear in Jewish literature the differentiation between Tannin, Rahab, and Leviathan, but Tannin and Rahab are more easily confused one with the other.

Tannin, as well as Rahab, was a name applied to Egypt after the exodus of the Israelites from that country.

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