The first time we see the word soul is in Genesis 2:7 (NASB), “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”
In Hebrew, it says Yahweh Elohim breathed the Breath of Lives into him. The Breath of Lives is the FULLNESS of the Godhead… Father, Son, and Spirit. Their life, and Their FULLNESS was breathed into his nostrils. And the man became a living soul. Our understanding of the soul is the mind, will, and emotions, SEPARATE from the spirit of man. But in this first mention of man coming alive, all we see is the physical body formed and the life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit breathed into man, causing him to be a living being (living soul). God’s presence filled man completely, creating life in him! God is Spirit, and He breathed His Spirit into the man. It doesn’t say he became a body with a separate spirit and an independent soul. In Hebrew, nephesh hayah is the phrase we translate as a living soul. Nephesh in Hebrew means soul, self, life, living being, desire, emotion, appetite, the inner man, the activity of the mind, activity of the will, and body. The root is naphash means refreshed, to take a breath.
The ancient root is the WHOLE of a person, including the body, mind, emotion, character, and inner parts.
So the ancient Hebrew speaks of a WHOLE person. Not a tripartite being (spirit, soul, and body) or even a bipartite being (inner man and outer man), but a living being. A WHOLE man alive with the Breath of Lives!
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