I loved this brief study on the subject of unicorns (rhinos) in the Bible. It really pulls the wraps off how cartoon mythology has been used to try to rob scripture of credibility in people’s minds.
Where did the idea of a horse with a narwhal tusk on its forehead come from? I think I’ve found the likely source in certain designs of medieval battle armour for war horses. The particular design below typifies the classic mythological “unicorn” appearance and no doubt enhanced the war horse’s aggressive functionality in battle, remembering that such horses were trained to be as functionally combatant as their armoured riders. It’s not so much mythological as historical when you look at it.
This design of horse armour appears to have been popularised as the image of a unicorn through its use in heraldry, the devices of recognition of medieval knights through to contemporary nobility. This is most easily recognisable in the British Royal Family’s coat of arms:
Another myth busted and the reliability of scripture confirmed yet again!