[b-hebrew] Nefesh, gufah, g'viah

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sun Sep 21 01:54:37 EDT 2003


I’ll take a stab at this queston. 

NP$ MT seems to refer to dealing with a person who has just died.

GWPT gufah is used in only one verse, 1 Chronicles 10:12 where it refers to the bodies of Saul and his sons. Unless there is some ancient extra-Biblical reference to pinpoint the definition more clearly

GWYH  g'viah  refers to a body, living or dead, in an anatomical sense, as an object.

NBLH  nebalah  corpse of either a person or animal

PGR   peger   seems to refer to the body of a person or animal that has been killed.

Does anyone have thoughts on these definitions?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dgahler782 at aol.com

> Recent discussions about the precise meaning of  nefesh  ended with the 
> decision that the term basically means  body, dead or alive. However, gufah and 
> g'viah are also translated as body. Can someone define the difference or the 
> different contexts, if any, which determine the use of either of these three 
> terms?  Thx.
> Doris
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