Unicorns in
The Bible

By Timothy Roach
Sept. 2018



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Many people already know The Christian Bible references unicorns in several locations. Many others also try to use these references as one of the reasons 'proving' the Bible is 'obviously' nothing more than a collection of some history and fanciful stories. Their logic being since obviously the Unicorns described in our modern literature with magical powers never existed The Bible references must be, at best, questionable.

Without question the statement regarding the modern idea of magical unicorns never existing, except in the imagination of creative writers and their imaginative readers, is very true.


However, is that definition of unicorn really what the writers of The Bible meant? Based in the biblical text, probably not.
For instance:

Webster's Bible Numbers 23:22
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of a unicorn.

Webster's Bible Numbers 24:8
God brought him forth from Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of a unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

Webster's Bible Deuteronomy 33:17
His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Webster's Bible Job 39:9-10
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

Reading the text it becomes rather obvious that the writers were talking about a large, strong, not overly friendly animal with one large and strong horn. Many of the early commentaries suggest that the animal referenced was some type of wild Ox. While granted most types of Ox/Cattle have two horns, there is a logical explanation one would understand . . . if one is familiar with cattle.

While most domesticated cattle are fairly docile, every now and then one comes along that is far more aggressive than the others. As a result these more aggressive animals will sometimes break off one of their horns. Leaving them with only one horn.

Growing up on a cattle farm this was a very logical assumption. It does not require much imagination to understand that a wild herd of cattle/ox would probably be far more aggressive than the ones we had on the farm and the animals with a broken horn would very likely be the most aggressive. Thus the generic reference to a strong aggressive one horned animal . . . a unicorn . . . would make sense. Plus the term would probably be easily understood by people that normally worked closer to large animals than most people do today.

As I got older I learned of animal fossils that only had one horn. However almost in the same breath was taught that these animals went extinct "millions and millions" of years ago. Long before humans started roaming around on this planet.

Fast forward many many years to the 2010's and we discover that some of the "facts" we were taught years ago might have been more opinion based (this is what we want the facts to be) rather than actual facts. In an age where information is far more difficult to control and censor we are discovering that a few species of animals which went extinct "long before people roamed the earth" might not have been as extinct as some experts want us to believe.

Somewhat more recently, contrary to what we were taught, different types of large one horned animals apparently lived in various parts of Europe and Asia. Some of these animals were possibly still roaming around 5-10 thousand years ago. That time period would put the animals not only living along side people but also still wandering around during the time the early books of The Bible were first being written.

https://phys.org/news/2016-03-humans-unicorns-earth.html

http://www.lifeberrys.com/holidays/what-happened-to-the-last-one-horned-giant-rhinoceros-10967.html

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150518-the-epic-history-of-rhinos

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0129-meet-sasha-the-worlds-only-baby-woolly-rhino/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3504408/A-real-life-unicorn-Bizarre-horned-beast-lived-time-humans-legendary-myth.XHTM

https://www.timesofisrael.com/humans-and-unicorns-may-have-walked-earth-together/

https://headsup.boyslife.org/unicorn/

This quickly leads us to a serious question, regarding the alleged "anomalies" referenced in the bible:

Is it that the writers of The Bible were writing information that was incorrect?

Or

Could it be that the biblical writers were writing very accurately. However, because of the passage of time we no longer remember the way things really were in ancient times. As a result our interpretation of the text have become inaccurate and sometimes, perhaps, even non-senceacle?

Just something to think about.



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