Why Are There Unicorns in the Bible?

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion, Apologetics, Bible

If you read some older English translations of the Bible, like the Catholic Douay-Rheims (pub. 1609) or the Protestant King James (pub. 1611) you come across some passages that seem a bit mysterious. For example in the Douay-Rheims, in Psalms 91:11 we read:

But my horn shall be exalted like that of the unicorn.

In the equivalent verse in the King James (Ps. 92:10) we read:

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn.

In reading such passages, you might think, what on earth does that mean? In these cases, the horn is being used as a symbol of strength or vigor. The Psalmist is saying that thanks to God, I’m going to be given a lot of strength and vigor, so praise God.

Fine, but what’s this stuff about unicorns? I, mean does this mean unicorns are real?

In this video we go to the heart of the matter and reveals the startling truth about what the Bible might be referring to in these passages.

We also look at how the word “unicorn” got into these passages in the first place and what ancient but real creature the translators may have been referring to. (Unless you’ve heard this before, it can come as a real¬†surprise.

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Linebyline July 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

I’ve been wondering about this for a long time! I hope I get a chance to listen to this soon.
By the way, The “click here to view the video” link points to the “‘To Be Absent from the Body Is to be Present with the Lord’?” video’s page on your blog. Just thought you’d want to know that.

Joseph July 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

I think it was last month that I saw the unicorn. It appears to be living now only around India? It is classified as more of a “cow” by what I had read, instead of a deer, as it appears. Yes, with one horn in the middle of its skull.

deanesmay July 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

@newadvent I always thought “rhino” but I kind of like the oryx.

Taniaxebw7iu July 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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