“Are Unicorns in the Bible?”

I was curious about the sudden uptick in kids checking out the Bible in my school library. It wasn’t until I overheard two kids discussing whether or not there were unicorns in the Bible that I finally understood.

Kids are crazy for unicorns right now. All the kids’ clothing manufacturers, toy-makers, book publishers, lunch box designers, etc., have seemingly worked together to create a conspiracy of Unicorn Madness. So, it wasn’t too shocking to hear that someone, somewhere, had started a rumor about unicorns showing up somewhere unexpected–even in the Bible.

When one of the students checked out a Bible last week, I asked her about the whole unicorn thing. “Oh, yes,” she said. “There’s unicorns. I heard.” I tried to set her straight, and said that I had read my Bible through a couple of times, and, sorry, but no unicorns.

I had a little time at the computer while waiting for some stragglers to check their books out, so I turned to my trusty Bible Gateway website and typed “Unicorn” into the search box. Imagine my surprise when a verse from Daniel popped up!

Daniel 8:5 reads: “As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground.”

Huh. Not exactly the shining white horse with a rainbow mane that adorns a lot of t-shirts and backpacks these days, but there it was: an animal with a single horn between his eyes.

Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me” ((Luke 18:16). He might have added, “Even if they’re just in search of unicorns.”

I can’t wait to tell the 2nd grader that I was wrong.

What are you excited about this week?

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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8 Responses to “Are Unicorns in the Bible?”

  1. Jan Anderson says:

    Love this, Sonja! Let us know their reaction.


  2. Sonja, unicorns come up nine times in the Bible–if you’re reading the King James version. Subsequent translations render the Hebrew word “wild ox.” The earlier translators depended on context–this was obviously a strong and ferocious beast, as unicorns were thought of in the Middle Ages. (And they weren’t rainbow-colored horses with horns, either, but more goatish.) You can learn more about the medieval view of the unicorn here: https://youtu.be/26WASJHF46A.


  3. I’m so excited, after all this time my computer fixed itself and I can comment on your posts!!

    That is amazing re the “unicorn” It really is true, God speaks about nearly everything!!!


  4. So my question is….. Is a rhinoceros a unicorn? Lol. The four-legged beast with one horn on its head.


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