Barry Newman's Blog

December 16, 2009

The Soul (part VII)

Filed under: nephesh,psuche,The Soul — barrynewman @ 5:25 am

A comparison of Tables 1 and 3 reveals that almost all major categories for nephesh and psuche are held in common.  Additionally, the most populated category for both nephesh and psuche is that associated with death – generally referring to the cessation of life.  Given the relatively small number of instances of psuche, attempts at more detailed comparisons are unwarranted. The usage of psuche, as with nephesh, stresses the existence and functioning and so the significance of the being.  Again, as with nephesh, that there are references to both God’s psuche and that of animals increases the plausibility of this understanding.

The same type of semantic linkages that were made for nephesh, can be made for psuche, except for the absence of clear references to the neck/throat and breath.  However it is possible that Paul in Rom 16:4 is making a connection between neck and psuche in referring to people risking their necks for his psuche, and there might be a reference to breath in Acts 20: 10 where it is said that the nephesh of Eutychus might still be in him.

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