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Werewolves in the Bible? Mmm, kinda.

Nebuchadnezzar was exiled as king of Babylon, stripped down naked, literally transformed into a werewolf, and he lived in the forest with other wild beasts for SEVEN long years!

Are werewolves mentioned in the Bible? In a word, no. Not specifically. However, there is a great deal of imagery that, while not overtly lycanthropic in nature, melds quite nicely into the body of common knowledge concerning werewolfism. Evil spirits aplenty, the devil depicted as a “roaring lion,” and verses like the following one from the book attributed to the Old Testament prophet Hosea (Chapter 13, verse 8): “I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.” Pretty vivid, no? But those seeking a more literal description of a werewolf in Scripture usually point to the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.

Cursed by God for his wickedness, the mighty king goes insane, the prophet Daniel tells us, and is driven into the wilderness, where “his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like bird’s claws.” (Daniel Chapter 4, verse 33.) Nebuchadnezzar fails to fit the profile in one important respect, though. Daniel tells us that he ate grass like an ox. A vegetarian werewolf? T’ain’t no such a thing!

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763

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2 replies on “Werewolves in the Bible? Mmm, kinda.”

Hi Wayne, I’ve just stumbled across your site and found this so I apologise if you’ve talked about it already, but wasn’t St Christopher possibly a werewolf? The guy who carried Christ across a river when he was a boy and the patron saint of travelers? I read somewhere he was from a group of people known as ‘dog-heads’ which may be the werewolf link. Have you heard of this?

You are correct. although in the initial folklore Christopher didn’t transform from human to beast, He always had a dog’s head, and belonged to a people known for eating humans called the Cynocephali, or, as you said, “Dog-heads.” An alternate version of the legend says that he was a giant, but I like the dog-head version better.

I’m actually working on a novel about St. Christopher. :)

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