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Old 16-12-2010, 07:57 PM
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[*]Neshamah (נשמה): the higher soul, or "super-soul". This separates man from all other life-forms. It is related to the intellect, and allows man to enjoy and benefit from...
I am fascinated by this word. It only appears 24 times in the Old Testament, the first time is in Gen 2:7 where God breathes the breath of life into Adam. Seven times it is trasnlated as God's breath, but in Isa. 57:16 neshamah is translated as souls. It is also in reverse, Isa 57:16 talks about taking away life rather than imparting it, and it is the life of many, not just one.

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Old 16-12-2010, 09:21 PM
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Hmm... my message got chopped off.

In Jewish folklore and mythology Adam is said to contain all souls. Gen 2:7 as contrasted with all the other uses of the word that refer to a large group of people, confirm this aspect of Jewish folklore to my mind . Neshamah refers to the breath of life of a large number of people in most of the 24 references to neshamah, only in Gen 2:7 does it clearly refer to a single individual.
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