In ‘no ghosts within us’ Jefferson Vann shows that the Old Testament poetical books do not suggest a dual nature for humanity. They teach that humans are dependent on God for life.Our final look at the Old Testament use of רוּחַ (ruach) will cover the remaining books – the poetical category. The word רוּחַ appears 259 times in 108 verses of Job, Psalms, Proverbs and … [Read more...]
Articles in this subcategory either trace a subject through the 39 books of the Old Testament (Genesis to Malachi) or focus on the subject as revealed in a particular book or group of books. The books may be grouped by historical period or author. The articles serve as a basis for a biblical theology on their particular subject.
idols without breathIn “idols without breath” Jefferson Vann examines how the minor prophets of the Old Testament used the word רוּחַ (ruach) – a word that is often translated “spirit.”I have recently shared my translation of the books of Moses, the historical books and the major prophets of the Old Testament with reference to רוּחַ. So far, I have only used three words … [Read more...]
In “the breath of our nostrils” Jefferson Vann examines how the major prophets of the Old Testament used the word רוּחַ (ruach) – a word that is often translated “spirit.”Translating words from one language into another is a complicated process. The translator has to decide all the shades of meaning that can be conveyed by a particular word. This list of potential … [Read more...]
In "exterminate!" Jefferson Vann explains the meaning of an Old Testament word linked to the New Testament's description of hell.God does have a wonderful plan for your life, but it may be to exterminate you!Now that I have your attention, let me explain. We have been taught that God created human beings with an indestructible element – sometimes called a soul or a … [Read more...]
In "where did all the spirits go?" Jefferson Vann shows how the authors of the Hebrew historical books in the Old Testament used the word that is most often mistranslated as “spirit.”In our study of the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in the books of Moses, we found this semantic range for the word:First, רוּחַ is the Breath of God, as the source of life for all … [Read more...]