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DO YOU BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

 
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Do you believe in unicorns?

14.04.2005 om 08:50:58 | WWW.NIBURU.NL | print

Today the unicorn is legendary, or mythical. But this was not always so. At one time the unicorn existed-or, at least, was thought to exist.

As described in ancient scientific writings and depicted in painting and tapestry, the unicorn was a beautiful horse-like creature with a single long horn thought to have medicinal properties. Respected ancient scholars, such as Aristotle and Pliny, mention them existing in their day. But today unicorns have gone the way of fairies, elves, and trolls. Belief in such creatures was abandoned with the 18th century Enlightenment. Oddly enough, however, the unicorn remained a fixture in the Bible until the 19th century.

"How could that be?" one may well ask.

The Christians who wrote the New Testament did not use the Hebrew Old Testament, but rather its Greek translation, as sacred Scripture. In the Greek Old Testament eight passages describe an animal having only one horn (monokeros) as a translation for the Hebrew word re´em.

In the late fourth century, the Old Testament was translated into Latin (the Vulgate) using both the Greek and Hebrew. In some of the passages above the Vulgate translates the Hebrew re´em as "rhinoceros" and others as "unicorn." All Christians used the Vulgate until the 16th century, at which time Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, the first time the Bible was ever translated into a modern European language. Luther used only the Hebrew, for the Old Testament. Nevertheless, he still translated re´em as unicorn.

Later William Tyndale, using only the Hebrew, likewise translated re´em as unicorn, and so did the King James Version of 1611. In the 19th century, however, scholars decided that the Hebrew re´em did not really mean unicorn, but rather wild buffalo. Thus Christians from the fourth century well into the 19th found the unicorn in the Bible. The first English language edition to read "wild ox" for the Hebrew re´em was the American Standard Version of 1901. Today, "wild ox" has become the accepted English translation for re´em.

The Greek Orthodox Church, however, still uses the ancient Greek version of the Jewish Bible as their Holy Scripture. Where it differs from the Hebrew (and it often does), they believe the differences are due to divine inspiration. Unicorns, therefore, still exist in their Bible, as they existed for all Christians until the 19th/20th centuries.

So the question boils down to this: Did scholars change re´em to "wild ox" because they knew unicorns were mythical and hence should not/could not have been in the Bible? Or did they change because of new information about the Hebrew word?

Once I asked a college class if they believed unicorns existed. They replied that unicorns had never existed, such is the influence of the Enlightenment on Western culture. When I pointed out that unicorns were in the Bible until the 19th century (and still are in some Bibles), most students changed their minds, such is the influence of the Bible in modern life.

What do you think? Were Christians misled by their Bibles for 1,900 years, or do unicorns really exist?

By: Charles Hedrick


Charles W. Hedrick is distinguished professor emeritus of religious studies at Southwest Missouri State University.



Source: Springfield News


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YES !!!! Always have!
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Very interesting, Angel8765. Does the lack of fossel evidence actually prove that they never existed or only that no evidence has been found?

Since the animal in question had only one horn could it be an ox or a buffalo? I thought they had two horns.

Unicorns are beautiful creatures, myth or no myth. :)
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12/08/2005 10:07 AM
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this harkens to the pineal thread where is was posited that the human has only ´one´ of these. thus perhaps we are all the mythical unicorn

´there were green alligators
and longty necked geese
some humty backed camels
and some chimpanzees´
Some cats and rats and elephants
but sure as you´re born

you just won´t see no unicorns..."
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Hi Angel ~ ! flowerflower...alienship...flowerflower
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using the bible to prove an existance of unicorns is similar to using starwars movies to prove the possibility of warp speed
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QuietOne...you know as well as I do that you cannot prove something doesn´t exist...you can only prove that you have not yet discovered it.
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"using the bible to prove an existance of unicorns is similar to using starwars movies to prove the possibility of warp speed"

Hi, chicken pox pie. Hope you get feeling better.

The Bible was right about the existence of Behemoth, a creature that man long thought was myth. Fossilized remains of Baluchitherium have been found confirming that at one time a creature matching the description of Behemoth did indeed at one time exist.
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"rhinoceros" is a good example of what a unicorn could have been..
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Want to talk about Giants, Disinfo Agent?

That´s another "mythical Bible being" that has been found to be real.
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>>15 ¶ Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.<<

the creature eats grass !!! suprised ?


>>16 Lo now, his strength [is] in his loins, and his force [is] in the navel of his belly.<<

erm its strong

>>17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. <<

he has a wiggly tail that it wagles

>>18 His bones [are as] strong pieces of brass; his bones [are] like bars of iron.<<

it has strong bones

>>21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.<<

it likes being in the shade

>>23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, [and] hasteth not: he trusteth that he
can draw up Jordan into his mouth. <<

it drinks water!!! and can fit a whole big breasted skank model into its mouth

>>24 He taketh it with his eyes: [his] nose pierceth through snares.<<

it looks funny

so there you have it , a grass eating, water drinking , strong animal that sleeps in the shade - wonder how many other animals fit that description also ?
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>>Want to talk about Giants, Disinfo Agent?

That´s another "mythical Bible being" that has been found to be real.<<

yeah its great the way the bible can prove existance for mythical creatures but fails to prove an existance of the mythical creature that the book is written about
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"yeah its great the way the bible can prove existance for mythical creatures but fails to prove an existance of the mythical creature that the book is written about"

Never said the bible "proves" their existence, dumbfuck. I said the Bible mentions them...archeology proves them.

For proof of God...look up.

Look at the Milky Way itself, Billions of stars. If each star is similar to ours it has 9 planets. That´s 9 billion planets in the Milky Way alone. Out of those 9 billion planets only one, Earth, can we definitively prove harbors intelligent life.
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No...
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Never saw a Unicorn, but I once had a toe corn from wearing tight 4 inch heels.
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intelligent life doesn´t defecate where it sleeps

pollution equals stupidity

next planet
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>>For proof of God...look up.

Look at the Milky Way itself, Billions of stars. If each star is similar to ours it has 9 planets. That´s 9 billion planets in the Milky Way alone. Out of those 9 billion planets only one, Earth, can we definitively prove harbors intelligent life.<<

ha ha

that doesnt prove god dumbfuck , that proves that there are shitloads of stars and planets that could hold life
The Angel (OP)

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Nor does it disprove God, dumbfuck.

It does show Earth is unique. Did it beat the odds or did it get help?

Ignorance is bliss and you are truly happy.
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Nor does it disprove God, dumbfuck.<<

he he , i love it when you call me names

>>It does show Earth is unique. Did it beat the odds or did it get help?<<

no it doesnt

>>Ignorance is bliss and you are truly happy.<<

looks like it really is bliss on your world then eh.

>>Out of those 9 billion planets only one, Earth, can we definitively prove harbors intelligent life.<<

correct - but i can ask - how many of these planets have we actually visited ? ill tell you - man has stepped on 1 planet only - this one (2 if you want to count the moon)
so why are you assuming life is hard to come across ?

lets make your odds a bit better now and include probes , how many planets have had probes land on them ? 1 actual landing and 2 burn ups in the atmosphere

now unless you know a shitload more than everyone else on this planet - we do not have a clue about what the chance of life existing anywhere else is. it could be a 1 off or we could have life on 3 planets in our solar system alone

knowledge of 1 planet out of (lets use your number) 9billion isnt a good start to claim divine help and that we are unique
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NO.I certainly believe in CORNHOLING but I´m doubtful about UNICORNS.
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Mystics and occultists have long believed that God is multi-faceted, having many different faces. This means that God appears to different people and different cultures as THEY would expect HIM to appear. This is the same concept as is used in AA...of acknowledging YOUR Higher Power as you recognize and understand HIM.

This goes a long way to explain the similarity but differences amongst the world´s faiths. I use the word faith instead of religion. Religion has taken on a negative connotation due in large part to the abuses inflicted upon man by the organized religions.

In order to know your Higher Power you must first be open to it. If your heart is closed to it you will never be able to recognize it. Much like seeing a stranger...this person may be your best friend in the world but if your heart is hardened towards him and you never introduce yourself that friendship can never be sparked.
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If i take a couple viagras, paint myself white and stand with my hands to the ground back-arched I make a decent unicorn.
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Oh, I do, I do, I do believe in unicorns!

cheer
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Why sure, lol... doesn´t everyone?

w/luv,
just me
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