UNICORNS in the bible mentioned nine times - 9 X

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    Old Testament was written in Hebrew

    Around 250 B.C. Hebrew word re’em, they were puzzled.

    A Wild animal, ox ? with one horn, that was extinct ?

    monokeros, meaning one-horned to describe the Biblical unicorn

    Later, when St. Jerome translated the Bible to Latin,
    he encountered the word monokeros and did the same thing.

    He used the Latin word unicornis, which also meant one-horned.

    In 1611, when a group of scholars translated the Bible to English,
    there was no English equivalent for the word unicornis,
    so they coined the new English word unicorn.
    So What Was a Monokeros?

    Interestingly, the Greek word monoceros (monokeros) gives us more clues to the identity
    of the Biblical unicorn.

    Many point to the 1828 version of Webster’s Dictionary as proof that monokeros refers
    to the mythical unicorn and not some wild ox or rhino.

    While it is true that Webster’s Dictionary defines a monoceros as a unicorn
    (MONOC’EROS, noun
    [Gr. sole and horn.] The unicorn.)
    , there is more to the story.

    The 1828 dictionary provides more detail in its definition of unicorn:
    (U’NICORN, noun [Latin unicornis; unus, one, and cornu, horn.]

    1. An animal with one horn; the monoceros. T
    his name is often applied to the rhinoceros.
    Clearly, the word monceros did refer to a unicorn,
    but it was more likely a type of one-horned rhino than a mythical unicorn dancing among rainbows.

    So, What Do We Know About Unicorns in the Bible Verses?

    While the appearance of the unicorn isn’t described in the Bible,
    it does provide some clues to the nature of this mysterious beast.
    • In Numbers 23:22 and 24:8, the Bible speaks of the strength of a unicorn.
    • Deuteronomy 33:17, Psalms 22: 21 and Psalms 92:10 speak of the unicorn’s horn.
    • Job 39:10 and 39:10 both speak of the unicorn not tilling the earth.
    • In Psalms 29:6, the unicorn is likened to a young calf skipping, while Isiah 34:7 mentions unicorns in the same context as bulls and bullocks.
    From the context of the word unicorn in the Bible, we can conclude that the unicorn was an animal of great strength, similar to bulls and bullocks, with a notable horn. We can also conclude that it was not a domesticated animal used to till the fields.

    The answer to the question “Are there unicorns in the Bible?

    is yes, but no one knows for sure what the Biblical unicorn really looked like.

    Most scholars agree the unicorns mentioned in the Bible were either a type of wild ox
    – as the Hebrew name suggests
    – or a one-horned rhinoceros as the Greek suggests.

    Nearly everyone agrees that the Biblical unicorn is unlikely to match our image of the mythical unicorn.


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