Barry Newman's Blog

December 18, 2009

The Soul (part IX)

Filed under: nephesh,psuche,Spirit — barrynewman @ 10:14 pm

The Semantic Relationship between nephesh/psuche and “heart” and “spirit”

 When similar analyses, yet to be posted, of the Hebrew and Greek words commonly translated “heart” and “spirit”  are carried out and examined, it will be clear that “heart” and “spirit” have semantic domains that overlap with that for nephesh/psuche.  None the less the overall focus in each case is different.  When related to human beings, the words for “heart” centre on mental states and mental operations, the words for “spirit”, though very diverse in application, centre on the non-physical, non-tangible life of the person, while nephesh and psuche focus on the existence and functioning of the person.

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