Whether you believe it's the word of God or merely an interesting piece of ancient literature, chances are you're familiar with the collection of books known as the Holy Bible. Both the best-selling and most-shoplifted book in the world, the Bible has sparked the imaginations and spirits of people around the globe for thousands of years.
As familiar as the sight of a Bible may seem - whether it's on your bedside table or in the drawer of every hotel room you've ever visited - some things in its pages may still surprise you. In this collection of controversial Bible verses and little-known facts about biblical figures, you may find new ways to look at old stereotypes, scripture-based ammo to shut down haters in their tracks, and a better understanding of one of the world's most ancient texts.
Though most modern translations have since replaced it with other words, the King James Version uses the term "unicorn" a staggering number of times:
- "And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness." (Isaiah 34:7)
- "Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns." (Psalm 22:21)
- "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns." (Deuteronomy 33:17)
Other verses that mention the creatures include Psalm 92:10, Psalm 29:6, Job 39:9-12, Numbers 24:8, and Numbers 23:22, but at the time, the word "unicorn" didn't mean the mythical creature we envision now - these verses were probably referring to the rhinoceros.
Though many people believe God kicked Adam and Eve out of Eden because Eve couldn't keep her curiosity (or hunger) in check at the Tree of Knowledge, it was really to keep them from eating from a second, often overlooked tree called the Tree of Life.
In Genesis 3:22-23, God implies that once humanity knew of the existence of good and evil, the last thing He wanted was them taking a chomp out of the Tree of Life's fruit, too - which would make them immortal - until He could tell which side they were going to take.
In Exodus 6:3, God tells Moses how He appeared to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob using the name El Shaddai, which means "God Almighty." He did not reveal Himself to them by the name Yahweh. Many of the character names in Genesis also include "El." For example, Ishma-EL, Ab-EL, and Isra-EL.
It was also part of the names of all the archangels, such as Gabri-EL, Micha-EL, and Rapha-EL.
For most of history, people believed the Earth was flat. But Isaiah 40:22 specified the Earth is round (or a "circle") thousands of years before humanity recognized it was true.