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What Does the Bible Say About..Unicorns?

What does the Bible say about unicorns?


Technically, the Bible says nothing about unicorns. The King James Version of the Bible translated a particular Hebrew word as “unicorn” nine times. Although nobody is sure of the exact meaning of the word, most scholars agree it was probably the aurochs, an extinct wild bull. This interpretation is supported by one passage that links the “rachem” with bulls. “And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.” (Isaiah 34:7)

The traditional mythical beast known as the unicorn is probably just that, mythical. The 1611 translation came at a time when many still believed in it, and so they used that word to translate a horned beast that they could not otherwise identify.