Translation of YUCH in 3John 1:2

Ben and Jo Crick ben.crick at
Sat Mar 9 16:51:06 EST 2002

On Fri  8 Mar 2002 (15:33:57), jelle_creemers at wrote:
> I am searching for a correct translation of YUCH in 3John 1:2.  Normal
> translations of YUCH in Johannine and other literature would be either 
> life  or  soul , but both seem strange in the context.  If translated
> by  soul , SOU hH YUCH would be actually a synonym of the preceding SE,
> and then KAQWS would not fit in the sentence.  The translation by  life
> seems not logical either.  Who has any suggestions? 

 This seems to me to be of Semitic origin: YUCH stands for Hebrew NePheSh.
 This is woodenly translated into liturgical Latin in the well known salutation
 Pax vobiscum            Peace be with you
 Et cum spiritu tuo      And with thy spirit (=and also with you)

 So, therefore, SOU hH YUCH is a periphrasis for "you" SE, as you suggested.


 Revd Ben Crick BA CF, and Mrs Joanna (Goodwin) Crick
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