Rick O'Connor
The Things Of The Kingdom And The Things Of The Name
The Nature Of Man


The General Principle

  1. When man is created or born he becomes a LIVING SOUL (Genesis 2:7)
  2. When man dies he decays into dust and knows nothing (Genesis 3:19; Psalm 146:4)

The Original Words ‘Nephesh’ and ‘Psuche’ Translated Soul

In the Old Testament

The Hebrew word ‘NEPHESH’ occurs over 700 times. It is translated in various ways VIZ. soul 428 times (e.g. Genesis 2:7); life and living 119 times (e.g. Proverbs 12:10); person 30 times (e.g. Genesis 14:21); mind 15 times (e.g. Genesis 23:8); creature 9 times (e.g. Genesis. 1:20); body 7 times (e.g. Haggai 2:13).

In the New Testament

The Greek word ‘PSUCHE’ occurs 105 times. It is translated in various ways VIZ. soul 58 times (e.g. Acts 2:27); life 40 times (e.g. Matthew 16:25); mind 3 times (e.g. Philippians 1:27); heart 1 time (e.g. Ephesians 6:6); heartily 1 time (e.g. Colossians 3:23); us 1 time; you 1 time.

Man’s Life Cycle

Souls are born
Genesis 46:15,18
Souls breathe
Joshua 11:11
Souls expire
Job 31:39 (mg.)
Souls die
Job 7:15
Souls go to grave
Psalm 89:48
Souls may be raised from grave
Psalm 49:15

Souls Possess

Jeremiah 2:34; Revelation 6:9-10
Leviticus 4:2-4
Leviticus 5:4

Souls Function

Leviticus 7 : 20
Leviticus 5:2
Psalms 35: 13
Psalms 107:5
Leviticus 18:29
can be fettered
Psalms105:18 (mg.)
can be slain
Revelation 6:9-10
can be beheaded
Revelation 20:4
can be burnt
Isaiah 47:14 (mg.)

Souls Die

Ezekiel 18:4; Psalms 78:50; Isaiah 53:12; Revelation 16:3; Psalms 89:48; Joshua 10:28,30,32,35; Job 7:15; Psalms 33:19; Ezekiel 13:19; James 5:20.

Animals Have Souls

Numbers 31:28; Genesis 1:21,24; Genesis 2:19; Genesis 9:10 (creature is ‘NEPHESH’ in these Genesis quotes).

Souls are Never Described as Immortal

Souls are not once described as ‘immortal’ neither are the adjectives ‘immortal’ or ‘deathless’ ever linked to the word soul’. The phrase ‘immortal soul’ never occurs in Scripture.

Immortality is Something

to be sought
Romans 2:7
of which we are in hope
Titus 1:2
to be reaped
Galatians 6:8
1 John 2:25
to be bestowed in coming age
Mark 10:30

Resurrection – Man’s Only Hope of Life After Death

1 Corinthians 15:16-18
1 Corinthians 15:32

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