Comment: I was unpacking a box from my move last year and found your swap. I wanted to apologize for the extreme delay in rating you.
Thank for sharing your year though. I'm sure by now you've completed or almost completed grad school. Just so you can see how long I've had the letter you were just talking about applying back then lol.
Again I'm sorry for the delay
Comment: Funny card - I love the reference to "AB Normal" reminds me of Young Frankenstein. We had a few beautiful summer like days in IL (80+) but now it's back to 40-50 and rainy. I hoping for all of us that spring/summer decides to stay soon. Take care, Annette
Comment: Hi Brooke! TY for the delightful swap! I very much enjoyed your colorful paper and the different colors for each section - it is so cheery looking and I need that today! I hope you had a great time at the wedding and there is not too much pressure your way now! LOL! Your card for your mentor sounds awesome and how sweet of you to make one since you sound very busy! Thank you for sharing your day with me! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Just Loved the parrots. I love all kinds of Birds. Especially Humming birds. If you feed them I have a recipe that I make instead of buying the Food. My fav one was the one sliding down the Bannister.
Comment: Thanks for the PC. We drive through LIncoln twice a year to go see our son in Colorado. We have stopped and toured the Lincoln State Capitol building. It is beautiful there in the fall. I have a gorgeous picture from the Capitol that would make a very nice PC. Thanks you deserve a heart.
Comment: THANX for joining & thanx FOR THE pretty & BEAUTIFUL Unicorn pictures you sent for this swap!
THEY were real! ;-) I hope you ENJOY 5 hearts for an awesome swap! â¥ â™¡ ðŸ’— ðŸ’˜ ðŸ’› ~ ....Blessings, cc ~A little info that may be interesting to you too ;-)
Unicorns in the Bible?
by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on February 6, 2015...
To think of the biblical unicorn as a fantasy animal is to demean Godâ€™s Word, which is true in every detail.
Some people claim the Bible is a book of fairy tales because it mentions unicorns. However, the biblical unicorn was a real animal, not an imaginary creature. The Bible refers to the unicorn in the context of familiar animals, such as peacocks, lambs, lions, bullocks, goats, donkeys, horses, dogs, eagles, and calves (Job 39:9â€“12).1 In Job 38â€“41, God reminded Job of the characteristics of a variety of impressive animals He had created, showing Job that God was far above man in power and strength.2
Job had to be familiar with the animals on Godâ€™s list for the illustration to be effective. God points out in Job 39:9â€“12 that the unicorn, â€œwhose strength is great,â€ is useless for agricultural work, refusing to serve man or â€œharrow (plow) the valley.â€ This visual aid gave Job a glimpse of Godâ€™s greatness. An imaginary fantasy animal would have defeated the purpose of Godâ€™s illustration.
Modern readers have trouble with the Bibleâ€™s unicorns because we forget that a single-horned feature is not uncommon on Godâ€™s menu for animal design. (Consider the rhinoceros and narwhal.) The Bible describes unicorns skipping like calves (Psalm 29:6), traveling like bullocks, and bleeding when they die (Isaiah 34:7). The presence of a very strong horn on this powerful, independent-minded creature is intended to make readers think of strength.
Courtesy: Domenichino, Virgin and Unicorn, [working under Annibale Carracci], Fresco, 1604â€“1605, Farnese Palace, Rome)
The absence of a unicorn in the modern world should not cause us to doubt its past existence. (Think of the dodo bird. It does not exist today, but we do not doubt that it existed in the past.) Eighteenth century reports from southern Africa described rock drawings and eyewitness accounts of fierce, single-horned, equine-like animals. One such report describes â€œa single horn, directly in front, about as long as oneâ€™s arm, and at the base about as thick. . . . [It] had a sharp point; it was not attached to the bone of the forehead, but fixed only in the skin.â€3
The elasmotherium, an extinct giant rhinoceros, provides another possibility for the unicornâ€™s identity. The elasmotheriumâ€™s 33-inch-long skull has a huge bony protuberance on the frontal bone consistent with the support structure for a massive horn.4 In fact, archaeologist Austen Henry Layard, in his 1849 book Nineveh and Its Remains, sketched a single-horned creature from an obelisk in company with two-horned bovine animals; he identified the single-horned animal as an Indian rhinoceros.5 The biblical unicorn could have been the elasmotherium.6
Assyrian archaeology provides one other possible solution to the unicorn identity crisis. The biblical unicorn could have been an aurochs (a kind of wild ox known to the Assyrians as rimu).7 The aurochsâ€™s horns were symmetrical and often appeared as one in profile, as can be seen on Ashurnasirpal IIâ€™s palace relief and Esarhaddonâ€™s stone prism.8 Fighting rimu was a popular sport for Assyrian kings. On a broken obelisk, for instance, Tiglath-Pileser I boasted of slaying them in the Lebanese mountains.9
Extinct since about 1627, aurochs, Bos primigenius, were huge bovine creatures.10 Julius Caesar described them in his Gallic Wars as,
. . . a little below the elephant in size, and of the appearance, color, and shape of a bull. Their strength and speed are extraordinary; they spare neither man nor wild beast which they have espied. . . . Not even when taken very young can they be rendered familiar to men and tamed. The size, shape, and appearance of their horns differ much from the horns of our oxen. These they anxiously seek after, and bind at the tips with silver, and use as cups at their most sumptuous entertainments.11
The aurochsâ€™s highly prized horns would have been a symbol of great strength to the ancient Bible reader.
One scholarly urge to identify the biblical unicorn with the Assyrian aurochs springs from a similarity between the Assyrian word rimu and the Hebrew word reâ€™em. We must be very careful when dealing with anglicized transliterated words from languages that do not share the English alphabet and phonetic structure.12 However, similar words in Ugaritic and Akkadian (other languages of the ancient Middle East) as well as Aramaic mean â€œwild bullâ€ or â€œbuffalo,â€ and an Arabic cognate means â€œwhite antelope.â€
TO THINK OF THE BIBLICAL UNICORN AS A FANTASY ANIMAL IS TO DEMEAN GODâ€™S WORD, WHICH IS TRUE IN EVERY DETAIL.
However, the linguistics of the text cannot conclusively prove how many horns the biblical unicorn had. While modern translations typically translate reâ€™em as â€œwild ox,â€ the King James Version (1611), Lutherâ€™s German Bible (1534), the Septuagint, and the Latin Vulgate translated this Hebrew word with words meaning â€œone-horned animal.â€13
The importance of the biblical unicorn is not so much its specific identityâ€”much as we would like to knowâ€”but its reality. The Bible is clearly describing a real animal. The unicorn mentioned in the Bible was a powerful animal possessing one or two strong hornsâ€”not the fantasy animal that has been popularized in movies and books. Whatever it was, it is now likely extinct like many other animals. To think of the biblical unicorn as a fantasy animal is to demean Godâ€™s Word, which is true in every detail.
Editorâ€™s note: Originally published in Answers in Depth 2 (2007), https://answersingenesis.org/answers/in-depth/v2/.
Comment: THANX for joining & thanx FOR THE pretty wolf pictures you sent for this swap!
THE CUBS are SO CUTE! ;-) I hope you ENJOY 5 hearts for an awesome swap! â¥ â™¡ ðŸ’— ðŸ’˜ ðŸ’› ~ I look forward to more quick swaps with you too....Blessings, cc
Comment: You definitely saved the best for last! You are the last person I am rating for this swap and your images were HILARIOUS. I love them, and I love your sense of humor. Thank you for the rainbow burp induced smiles â™¥
Comment: Thanks for the Traverse City postcard. Good luck with school! Being a mom is difficult enough. As a teacher, thank you SO much for being involved in Student Parent Association.
Response: I admire all the student parents out there. I want to use all the knowledge and resources I can to help them! Also, I've been told it helps having people like me as allies because we can run all the fun booths at events designed for student parents and their children. ^_^
Comment: Thank you for all the great pics :) I can't really smell spring as we don't get that season here ;) But, there sure are a lot of cats and kittens where I work and live. Enjoy spring with all its beauty and charming fragrance ^_^
Comment: Thank you for the awesome Incredibles movie poster card! (It is one of the few films whose DVD I pre-ordered :) My best friend brought me back a talking Elastigirl plush that still works and an Edna Mode pin that year from Disney World, heheh. So cool that you get to help cull tomorrow's teachers! Happy Wednesday :)
Comment: Soooooooo many bears loved them all and really got a chuckle. My problem when i am looking for ones to send out I love them all an keep on looking, and looking, and looking and get nothing done !! LOL
Comment: The bears in the pool is a full length video I saw a while ago, and the whole thing is hilarious...with commentary from the family too. I'll try to find the link to it for you before I save the ratings. Thank you for the totally awesome and funny images (the cat scaring the bear made me laugh so hard!) â™¥
Comment: Thank you so much for my stocking stuffer. I am horrible at this swap because I can't wait to open it, so yes I sat and looked at it and then ripped it open LOL. I love all of it, the butterflies are wonderful, the flowers with the gemstone centers are so pretty and I love the silver alphabets. I can't wait to use all of them. You are a wonderful swap partner and have made this such a fun swap. Thanks again
Comment: Thanks for such great comments for the Profile Love: Quick swap in my comments. Postcards are my number one passion - next to the kids, grand kids and great grand kids. The Raspberry flavor is my favorite with the Crystal light. Haven't tried the Peach Mango but i will. Do not like the lemonade one! The owls are adorable. Thank you
Comment: Thank you for the jellyfish- those gifs are so peaceful ^_^ For AmeriCorps, I worked with an awesome youth development agency as a VISTA (I'm still there as staff). For video games, I love a good RPG (currently sucked into Fallout 3, because I live in the past).
Comment: Thank you! I love Sheldon as well. And every time someone links me a gif from Parks & Recreation I am reminded that I really must get around to watching it, I can tell I am going to love it. :D
Comment: Hey Brooke!
I am not a fan of mango by itself either, but also love it on smoothies!
The tree is still small, so no fruits yet, but I hope to have some one day. :)
Thank you so much for the TBBT gif. It is one of my favorite scenes as well!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful comment. It definitely made me smile. I like all images and types of jigsaw puzzles. I have never seen a jigsaw puzzle rug before and now I want one. Paper stars are difficult to start making but once you get used to it, it becomes easier. I like the ducky snow globe as well since I have never seen that either.
Comment: IThank you for this fill my stocking for January, I haven't opened it yet, and there was a card too, I'm going to try and keep it till the time is right:) Christmas of course. I know I will love it. Thanks again!
Response: Good luck in keeping it until Christmas! I'm finding it hard to do, but haven't opened anything yet. :)
Comment: Thank you, your comment did make me happy! :D I love that Big Bang Theory gif haha - and now I feel like jumping in a ball pool! And you can never really go wrong with Ellen or bandom - and poor puns haha. And red lemonade... there's nothing like it anywhere else, I expect. I miss Cream Soda as well - we can get the American one here but it's both pricey and not quite the same as the Irish one (or maybe I'm just imagining haha).
Comment: Very pretty postcard Brooke and thanks for taking the time to look at my Instagram pics :D I have fun taking pics when we travel and even more fun following other people on Instagram traveling around the world when we are at home! Thanks so much!
Comment: Thanks for the notecard about your Christmas! It sounds like you had a fun time with all your different gatherings! I like your tradition of making Christmas goodies for neighbors and friends. Thanks for the notepaper and the sticky notes, too!
Comment: Brooke, thank you for the amazing list. It's nice to hear from a fellow Midwesterner (and college/grad student) at that too! :)
It sounds like you have had a lot to celebrate, reflect on, and learn this year. Congrats on the graduation and to a new start in grad school!
Comment: Loved the letter! Best line, "Well, shit, I'm at the end of the page!" One of my mail tag questions I use, when writing pen pals is often, "If you wrote a message in a bottle, what would the message be, and who would you hope finds it?" I like the paper - it's cute :D
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter. And, Belated Birthday greetings to you. I hope you enjoyed your holidays and looking at the light displays. We got to got to one of the big displays this year in a small town about an hour from our house. They had thousands of lights, carolers, hot chocolate and cookies. It was a nice stroll through the displays but a little warm. It was 78 degrees that evening. This is Texas! LOL!
Comment: I received your card days ago, so sorry I am just now rating. I found it on my coffee table under a bunch of Christmas stuff. Thank you for the beautiful Season's Greetings card & stickers. Happy New Year!
Comment: Thank you for the compliment on my "flakes" image. I made it using picmonkey...feel free to steal it lol. My hermit crabs all have names, but I'm not always sure which is which...they switch shells so often that it can be hard to tell lol.
Comment: Thanks for joining this swap. My favorite Jodi Picoult book so far is Nineteen Minutes. I have that story in my mind still like I just read it yesterday but it has been awhile since I have. It can be crazy with 3 boys. Not so bad since my oldest is 19 but the two that are 5 and 11 can drive me crazy at times. I wouldn't have it any other way though. I can't imagine what it would be like with 3 girls. Lol. I've never had that problem with squinkies. Not good to have around if you have kids that like to put things in their mouths. They are a choking hazard definitely. Might not be good around dogs either. I've got cats so I don't have to worry about that. Thank you for following me on Pinterest. I followed you back. If you are on Twitter you can follow me there if you'd like. Have a Merry Christmas.
Comment: Thank you for the comments Brooke...my youngest daughters name is Brooke too! We certainly have so much alike. I only use those Triplus fineliner pens too, for all my colouring in. Lazy Daisy haha me too, amongst other things Lol Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a safe New Years ðŸŽ„
Comment: Thank you for the nice comments! Purple people need to stick together. I'd be happy to share some fun hair photos. Also, my favorite ink pens are from the dollar store. They're called Cello Smooth and they write like a dream. Cute colored pens with the smoothest black ink ever.