Day: March 7, 2012

Unicorns in the Bible

Do you believe in unicorns?  A student in my psalms class (Phil) pointed out to me recently that unicorns appear in the Bible.

I said, “What?”  He said, “Yep”.  I said, “Where?”  He said in Psalm 22 and other places.  “You’re kidding.”  “Nope, but only in the King James Version.”

I opened up BibleWorks 7.0, and discovered 9 references, including these two:

“His horns are like the horns of unicorns” (Deut. 33:17).
“And the unicorns shall come down with them” (Isa 34:7).

The other references are Numbers 23:22; 24:8; Job 39:9, 10; Psalms 22:21; 29:6; 92:10; Isaiah 34:7.  There aren’t elephants, rhinos or giraffes mentioned in the Bible, but there are unicorns.  At least in the KJV.

I know I’m going to anger all my 7 year-old female readers with this, but despite the fact that they appear in the KJV Bible, I don’t believe in unicorns.

If you like unicorns and the comic strip Baby Blues, check this out: http://www.babyblues.com/archive/index.php?GoToDay=2006-10-27.

I love the King James Version, but it has a few problems.  This is why it’s good to use multiple versions of the Bible when we study the text.

What other quirky things do you find in the Bible? 

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