Are Unicorns Real?

Are unicorns real? When we think of unicorns we generally picture a white horse with a horn sticking out of its head and they are generally imagined as beautiful animals.

The Bible mentions the word unicorn six times which prompts many people to ask the question: are unicorns real? An online dictionary defines the word unicorn as meaning an animal with one horn or just one horn but it can also mean a two-horned animal of an unknown kind. An older dictionary defines the unicorn as being a rhinoceros.

Bible Verses That Mention Unicorns

Nu 23:22 - God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

Nu 24:8 - God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

Job 39:9 - Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

Job 39:10 - Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

Ps 29:6 - He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

Ps 92:10 - But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

What are some of the characteristics of this animal as outlined in the scriptures above? Apparently the animal mentioned in scripture has great strength according to Numbers. Horses are strong but I suspect that this is referring to a different kind of animal. Job pictures the animal as being untameable not willing to be a servant of man. Psalms pictures this creature as agile and exalted.

The Hebrew name for a horned wild animal is Reem which scholars believe was translated into the word unicorn in the King James Version. In the Revised Version of the bible the unicorn is called the wild ox. Many believe this animal whose name was translated unicorn was actually called the Urus.

The Urus is defined as a very large, powerful, and savage extinct bovine animal anciently abundant in Europe. It appears to have still existed in the time of Julius Caesar. It had very large horns, and was hardly capable of domestication. This definition fits the biblical descriptions of the unicorn as described in the Bible verses mentioned above.

The unicorn of mythology probably never existed but myths are influenced by real events. The now extinct animal called the Urus was probably the foundation of the unicorn myth and helps us to decide for ourselves the answer to the question are unicorns real.

There is a good video on the subject which is posted below.

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