I have not thought of a person of faith that I can ask about unicorns in the bible. It seems like such a trap to put them in that it is almost cruel. But then some have harassed me about being a non-believer that I would love to throw it in their face. But maybe they would come back at me and say something like what Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell said on June 25, 2008,
“Modern readers have trouble with the Bible’s unicorns because we forget that a single-horned feature is not uncommon on God’s menu for animal design. (Consider the rhinoceros and narwhal.) The Bible describes unicorns skipping like calves (Psalm 29:6), traveling like bullocks, and bleeding when they die (Isaiah 34:7). The presence of a very strong horn on this powerful, independent-minded creature is intended to make readers think of strength. The absence of a unicorn in the modern world should not cause us to doubt its past existence.”
Let me pause for a minute, because I am laughing so hard I can hardly keep my concentration here.
Will you have the courage to approach a friend of the faith with this? If you do let me know what they say, please.
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
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.
Does anyone have an opinion on this quaint subject of biblical fantasy?