Did you know there are unicorns in the Bible? A friend of mine recently wrote an article about the mythical unicorn, which included a list of biblical references.
There are two common jokes about why unicorns may no longer exist. The first is the unicorns did not get on Noah’s ark in time and the second that they did get on the ark, but they were both males. Incidentally, unicorns are traditionally believed to be male and none of the myths, legends or bestiaries shed light on how they reproduce. The only claim about their nature is they are solitary creatures and can live for hundreds of years.
So, unicorns may not have been on Noah’s Ark, however, they are mentioned in the Bible. The Hebrew Bible mentions an animal called the re’em, an untamable animal of great strength and agility, with a horn. Unfortunately, it is generally believed the description was based upon the seals belonging to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which are now thought to be aurochs. Nonetheless, the King James Version of the Bible, first published in 1611, translates the word re’em as “unicorn”.
There are eight references to unicorns in the Old Testament. They are as follows:
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon