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Wed Feb 21 15:29:35 EST 2001

Hebrew translations of "theopneustos" [God-breathed] render it as _b'ruach elohim_
(Delitzsch) or _'al-pi ruach elohim_ (UBS, 1983).  This is similar to the thought
expressed aat 2 Sam.23:2: _ruach YHWH dibber bi umillato 'al l'shoni_, "The spirit of
YHWH speaks through me, his discourse is on my tongue." (Everett Fox)   The basic
element, _ruach_, of course, can mean both spirit and breath.

Solomon Landers

Dave Washburn wrote:

> As defined by the theological traditions that I am familiar with, it
> means "God-breathed," i.e. not just "momentous" or "uplifting" or
> some such as Raymond seems to suggest, but actually has its
> origin in an act of God.  The word Paul uses is "theopneustos"
> which means "breathed out by God" and Peter (discussions of
> authorship are out of the scope of this list, incidentally) says
> "carried along by the Holy Spirit."  This is where the precise
> meaning of "inspired" comes from, and as I recall, didn't early
> Rabbis and other teachers suggest the same thing or something
> similar for the HB?
> > What is the precise meaning of inspired?
> > I was trying to explain it to my class yesterday.
> > It's a Greek concept, isn't it, you're inspired by the Muses?
> > You breathe in something.
> > liz
> >

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