We hear the word “unicorn” and quickly think of a white horse with a spiral horn coming out the center of its forehead. Mythology talks of the unicorn and its magical powers it possesses. But are unicorns mythical or real one horn creatures. The Bible talks about unicorns and how they are fierce creatures (Job 38:9). The Bible says they were real creatures that once existed but now may be extinct. Unicorns are described in the book of Job in the Old Testament of the Bible. Apparently they were alive when Job saw them. Greek mythology says they were a white horse with a spiral horn coming out its forehead. But this is not what the Bible has to say about unicorns. Actually it does not say anything about a horn coming out its forehead. People think unicorns have one horn, but they are only speculating about this. God created the unicorn and Job saw it. Also described in the same chapter of the book of Job with the unicorn is the horse.
Could a unicorn be some kind of dinosaur or animal that is extinct now? Some scientists think it might be a Woolly Rhinoceros or a Auroch. The Woolly Rhinoceros had one large horn coming out its snout. The Auroch was a type of wild oxen. There are ceratopsian dinosaurs that had one or more horns such as the Triceratops, Centrosaurus, and the Styracosaurus to name a few. There is also a herbivore dinosaur they discovered in Asia that has a horn-like projection coming out the top of its head. The dinosaur is called Tsintaosaurus. But these are just possibilities. In 1663, an alleged discovery of a unicorn skeleton was supposedly found at Einhornhohle (Unicorn Cave) in Germany’s Harz Mountains. There was claims that the so-called unicorn had only two legs. It was later discovered to be constructed from fossil bones of mammoths and other animals. The skeleton was plundered by fossil hunters who only left the skull and the horn.
The word unicorn means “one horn”. Unicorn is mentioned 6 times and unicorns are mentioned 3 times in the Old Testament. Neither one is mentioned in the New Testament. The Bible describes its great strength in Numbers 23:22 and Numbers 24:8. In Job 39:9-12, it describes how wild and ferocious it was. Unicorns were nothing to reckon with. They were not some cute pony with a horn and magical powers. You will either believe Greek and Roman mythology or the plain teaching of the Bible. The unicorn was not able to be tamed like oxen and horses. So it could not of been one of these. It was a real creature because it is listed with other animals in Job.