The Gathering 4/9/2017
Old Testament Soul
Old Testament Usage
The two terms used for “soul” in Scripture—נֶ֫פֶשׁ (nephesh) and ψυχή (psychē)—both show remarkable breadth in terms of contextual usage. One study of the Hebrew term yielded over 750 uses, which can be sorted into 10 categories. Major usages communicate:
• indicate meanings of desire (Pss 25:1; 42:2)
• personal or individual being (Gen 12:5; Lev 2:1)
• a conscious self (Lev 11:44–45)
• emotional state (Gen 26:35; Job 21:4; Eccl 7:9).
Even animals are at times qualified as possessing a נֶ֫פֶשׁ (nephesh), evident in their animate status (Gen 1:20–24).
The Soul is Diffrent from the Body
New Testement Soul
In the New Testament, the term ψυχή (psychē) is often translated as “life”