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Does the Bible mentions Unicorns?

by Lisa Marcy May 08, 2020 3 min read

does bible mentions unicorns

🤔Do the great bible mentions unicorns?

We have ask holy scriptures experts to answer this question.

The question can only be answered after reading English translations of the Bible, authorized and unauthorized and finally undergoes deep biblical studies.

Only historian and religious experts can do so.

First mentions of unicorns in history

The unicorn is a white horse with a horn on its forehead. It is first mentioned in Greek culture 400 years before Christ.

But a drawing of a unicorn has also been found in India from 3000 B.C. which represents an animal resembling a buffalo or a one-horned bull.

In the bible : from “re'em” to “buffalo”

In the Bible, we can trace the Hebrew word "re'em", this word is translated as buffalo, bull or beast.

It is important to emphasize that this word from Hebrew scriptures cannot represent a horse, since a buffalo, bull or beast is a very different word.

A Bible that incorrectly translates this word is the King James Bible in English when it uses the word "unicorn", this is an error imported from St. Jerome's translation found in ancient manuscripts, when he uses the Latin word "unicorn".

There is apparently no need to remember St. Jerome's Bible (Latin Vulgate), as stated by our experts, as it’s a translation riddled with errors.

The verses where this word appears in Hebrew are Numbers 23:22, 24:8; Deuteronomy 33:17; Job 39:9-10; Psalms 22:21, 29:6; Isaiah 34:7.

The word unicorn does not appear in any English, old or new complete Bible.

It appears in the Bible: Old King James version.

Title page to the King James Version

Title page to the King James Version (Source)

Deuteronomy 33:17 says:

unicorn in bible

The verse says " with them he shall push "... being in the plural implies more than one horn. Therefore if we translate buffalo as unicorn, it would not make sense within the context of the verse, and we all know that a text out of context is just a pretext. The same is true in Psalm 22:21:

psalm 22.21

Now, if we assume that the correct translation is "unicorn" then we should not forget that one-horned animals are not out of the ordinary either, in that sense we have the one-horned rhinoceros and we also have evidence of the one-horned dinosaur Monoclonius as well. The closest case is probably Elasmotherium, which is an extinct one-horned rhinoceros big enough to look like a buffalo. I say that because if we are talking about a supposed biblical unicorn, then we should imagine more of an animal the size of a bull or buffalo with a single horn. Very different from the Greek unicorn depicted as a horse.


The "Monoclonius nasicornus" skeleton (Source)

Conclusion : is our favorite creature mentioned in the modern translations of the Bible?

It seems that the translation error in the Latin Vulgate and the King James Bible cannot define the whole Bible as a false book, especially when we have the ancient manuscripts as a reference to correct them. Errors in Bible translations happen like everything else in life. But errors in translation that have existed do not have to call into question the important doctrines of the Bible.

At the end of the day, if the unicorn is a myth, or they end up finding the remains of a similar animal, it seems that unicorns are mentioned but are not what we picture as a magical unicorn.

Yet, keep the faith of Unicorns as we do!

unicorn horse

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