[b-hebrew] Nefesh - Breath or Breather
leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Tue Apr 24 04:20:09 EDT 2007
Dear "Brak" (or is it John? - please sign you posts in such a way that we
know who we are answering),
Think of the expression "a living soul" in English. The "soul" is somthing
that all living beings (or at least humans - I have no intention of opening
up a debate on that) have - and so one may refer to all people as "living
souls", as in, "I walked down the street, and there was not a living soul
While Nefe$ Xayah is more "spirit" then "soul", the ancients considered a
person's breathing as evidence of his being alive - thus the use of the same
word for "spirit" and for "breath". "Ne$amah" has a similar meaning. So you
might translate vss. 20, 21, 24 as "beathing, living creatures" (even for
fish!), and 30 as "creatures with the breath of life".
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brak" <Brak at neo.rr.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:36 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Nefesh - Breath or Breather
> In Gen 1:20, 1:21, 1:24, and 1:30 we have the phrase NEFE$ XAY.FH
> In 1:20, 1:21, and 1:24 the phrase is usually translated as "living
> But in 1:30 it is usually translated as "breath of life".
> So it appears that in 1:20,21,24 NEFE$ XAY.FH is being translated to be
> referring to the item being spoken of (the "breather"), while in 1:30 is
> appears to be translated as something which the item being spoken of has
> (the "breath").
> Can someone help me make heads or tails of this.
> John Steven
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> -Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
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