The Bible refers to the unicorn in the context of familiar animals, such as peacocks, lambs, lions, bullocks, goats, donkeys, horses, dogs, eagles, and calves (Job 39:9-12.1). “In Job 38-41, God reminded Job of the characteristics of a variety of impressive animals He had created, showing Job that God was far above man in power and strength. So does the rhinoceros beetle and the narwhal, is a marine arctic relative of the dolphin.
“God points out in Job 39:9–12 that the unicorn, ‘whose strength is great,’ is useless for agricultural work, refusing to serve man or “harrow (plow) the valley.” That might explain why some translators believe that the Hebrew word “re’em” actually was describing a rhinoceros — an incredibly moody and unpredictable animal that, unlike buffaloes, elephants or horses, defied any domestication. But the bottom line is that we just don’t know what kind of animal the re’em was. It does not exist today, but we do not doubt that it existed in the past.” sketched a single-horned creature from an obelisk in company with two-horned bovine animals.
On a broken obelisk, for instance, King Tiglath-Pileser I boasted of slaying rimus in the Lebanon mountains.
Extinct since about 1627, aurochs were huge bovine creatures.
“The head was like that of the horse, and the size also about the same.
The hoofs were round, like those of a horse, but divided below, like those of oxen.
The word “unicorn” appears in the King James Version nine times – in Numbers and 24:8, Deuteronomy , Job 39:9,10, Psalms , 29:6 and and in Isaiah 34:7. And why don’t later translations of the Bible contain the word?
Re’em still flourished in early historical times and a few existed into modern times, although it is now extinct.
A 1967 hit song by the Irish Rovers tells a fanciful story of how Noah couldn’t persuade any “silly” unicorns to get on board the Ark since they wanted to play in the rain. Numbers in the King James Version reads: “God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.” he offers this: “The Hebrew word represented in the King James Version by ‘unicorn’ is re’em, which undoubtedly refers to the wild ox (an urus or an aurochs) which is ancestral to the domesticated cattle of today.
Not even when taken very young can they be tamed.” There is an account of a 1791 unicorn hunt in Africa, recorded in the 1832 revised edition of “Dr.
Sparrmann, the Swedish naturalist, who visited the cape of Good Hope and the adjacent regions, in the years 1772-1776, gives, in his travels, the following account: Jacob Kock, who had traveled over the greater part of Southern Africa, found on the face of a perpendicular rock a drawing made by the Hottentots, representing a quadruped with one horn.” “Hottentots” referred to African bushmen who live in South Africa’s Kalihari Desert. Sparrmann that the animal was “very much like the horse on which he rode, but had a straight horn upon the forehead.
They are firmly rooted, in terms of their basic conception, in the biblical tradition of God the Creator and Redeemer," he writes.
The virgin birth and the story of Christ's resurrection were "cornerstones of faith".