[b-hebrew] nefesh revisited
Lisbeth S. Fried
lizfried at umich.edu
Wed Feb 5 08:12:12 EST 2003
A nephesh is not breath particularly.
The nephesh is in the *blood*. IT's correctly
translated by Latin "anima." It's the thing which
animates the body, or the animated body.
God breathed into Adam, and he became a living nephesh,
meaning he was now animated.
As far as Samuel goes, there is nothing in that text to
indicate soul or spirit or anything. It was the appearance
of an old man in a robe.= Ergo, it was a body, physical,
something that could be seen (tho only by the woman
apparently). In any case, there is nothing here to imply that
you do not have your body with you in Sheol.
This is reminiscent of all the visions of God in the OT,
there is no concept anywhere of either gods or the dead
without a physical body.
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> [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Matthew Miller
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> Subject: [b-hebrew] nefesh revisited
> I guess what I was asking was specifically how the idea of
> breath and soul
> became body or corpse. Any ideas on that particular question? Thanks,
> Matthew R. Miller
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