Sat, 30 June 2012
If you read some older English translations of the Bible, like the Catholic Douay-Rheims (pub. 1609) or the Protestant King James (pub. 1611) you come across some passages that seem a bit mysterious. For example in the Douay-Rheims, in Psalms 91:11 we read:
"But my horn shall be exalted like that of the unicorn."
In the equivalent verse in the King James (Ps. 92:10) we read:
"But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn."
In reading such passages, you might think, what on earth does that mean? In these cases, the horn is being used as a symbol of strength or vigor. The Psalmist is saying that thanks to God, I'm going to be given a lot of strength and vigor, so praise God.
Fine, but what's this stuff about unicorns? I, mean does this mean unicorns are real?
In this episode we go to the heart of the matter and reveals the startling truth about what the Bible might be referring to in these passages.
We also look at how the word "unicorn" got into these passages in the first place and what ancient but real creature the translators may have been referring to. (Unless you've heard this before, it can come as a real surprise.