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It's been difficult to check my sitemeter while my computer situation has been in transition. But I did have a few saved on my hard drive that were inaccessible for much of that time, and a couple have been interesting since of been up and running.

biblical translation of man being a three part being
You know, this is so obviously referring to the mind, the soul or spirit, and the body. So why is it that my immediate thought on seeing this search was of three parts of someone's life, an early period, a middle period, and a late period? Maybe I've just been thinking too much about four-dimensionalism and temporal parts.

gospel mark resurrection added "years later"
No, the part that most scholars believe was added later is Mark 16:9-20. The resurrection account is Mark 16:1-8. Some think that was the original ending, others think vv.9-20 were the original ending, and still otherrs think we've no longer got the original ending, but no one thinks vv.1-8 were added later.

barak obama changes his accent
Well, he did sound distinctly like a Southern black preacher at the Bloody Sunday anniversary commemoration last weekend. It took me a few seconds to realize it was him. I guess he's decided that to get the black vote he's got to "sound black" at least some of the time.

bush any one involved in leaking the name will be fired
What he said is that he'll take appropriate action if anyone in his administration was involved. What he meant by "appropriate action" is not something I'm going to speculate about beyond suggesting that it could be anywhere in the range of from a minor scolding to prosecuting with the full fury of the Justice Department.


bush any one involved in leaking the name will be fired
What he said is that he'll take appropriate action if anyone in his administration was involved.

I didn't really follow this story closely, but the newspapers said that Bush at least at one point said he'd fire anyone involved -- though he later changed that. Are those newspapers wrong? Here, for instance, is the 7/19/05 Washington Post (

President Bush said yesterday that he will fire anyone in the administration found to have committed a crime in the leaking of a CIA operative's name, creating a higher threshold than he did one year ago for holding aides accountable in the unmasking of Valerie Plame. After originally saying anyone involved in leaking the name of the covert CIA operative would be fired, Bush told reporters: "If somebody committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration." This is a small, but potentially very significant, distinction...

That's right. I'd forgotten about the earlier statement and the debate over whether he was legitimate in changing his mind on how he wanted to deal with that or whether he had actually changed his mind (or whether he'd thought it was a change). Thanks for reminding me.

I have actually kinda been wondering about that whole "spirit body mind" thing for a while. According to what I have read, the concept of soul and spirit were distinctively different. Soul was your "being" personality and the whole shebang, while Spirit was your spiritual self. Not sure how that all works, what is your opinion? I believe if I am correct that the soul, mind, body thing is actually supposed to be Hellenstic in origin, and not Jewish. What do you know about this issue?

There's a Hebrew word often translated as "soul" and another often translated as "spirit". I'm not sure the nuances of them all offhand, but I think the soul is just shorthand for the person, and spirit has more to do with certain specific aspects of our inner life rather than our whole person.

In the Greek context, lots of different things are meant by those terms, and it really depends on the literary context in any biblical passage. Philosophers use the same terms to mean vastly different things, and Plato even uses the same term for "soul" to mean two very clearly different things in different parts of the same work. I think there are also several words that might be translated as "soul" and perhaps more than one that can mean "spirit". Sometimes words for "mind" also get interchanged with these.

Whatever else is the case, though, it seems to me to be completely artificial to take these to be referring to distinct parts of the person the way some have done.

I looked it up, and it seems that our idea of "mind" is pretty analougous to soul. (great resource) says:

"he two entities SOUL and SPIRIT are carefully distinguished in both Old and New Testaments. The word SOUL translated from NEPHESH in Hebrew and PSYCHE in Greek represents the living principle of the body, and is shared by man and the animals. On the fifth day of creation, as God created animal life in the oceans, and birds, He designated them as having “life” (Gen. 1:20), or NEPHESH. On the sixth day, “Man became a living SOUL” (Gen. 2:7) as well.

The soul refers to desires and appetites both of the flesh and the mind, perhaps summed up by the word “consciousness.” Plants, while alive in the biological sense, are not conscious (this may also be true for certain other “lower” organisms classified as animals by modern biology), and therefore not alive in the Biblical sense, nor does their death imply Biblical “death.”

The SPIRIT is quite different. God Himself “breathed into (man’s) nostrils the breath (RUACH) of life” (Gen. 2:7), thereby imparting only to mankind some measure of His own spiritual nature. It is noteworthy, that while God identified as “Spirit” (John 4:24—Greek PNEUMA), nowhere is He identified as “soul.” He stands separate from mere beings, not driven by the same desires as animals and man.

The spirit, then, is the recreated “image of God” (Gen. 1L27) in man, separating us from animals, while bonding us to God. This spiritual side makes possible an earthly life in tune with God and an eternal life as a son of God."

Bruce Waltke's commentary on Proverbs has a nice section in the introduction dealing with these terms (pp.90-93). He says "soul" refers to:

the passionate drives and appetites of all breathing creatures, including their hunger for food and sex . . . . The craving for God, however, distinguishes human nepe�? from animal nepe�?.

The word for spirit is also the word for breathing. Waltke says it can include mood, the vitality of your constitution, your literal breath, and other elements either in your physical makeup or in the connection between your physical makeup and your inner life. It can be your morale (e.g. your spirit being broken) or your "power to promote life". It can sometimes refer to "a person's entire disposition" ..., the whole inner life ... including his opinions or desires ..., mind ..., will ..., and motives."

He also discusses the word for the heart, which is often just another comprehensive term for the entire person, including what we call the mind and what we might call your spiritual state and activities.

All in all, I don't think we can match any of these terms up with anything in our modern conceptual scheme very easily, never mind trying to find English words that count as synonyms. At best we can come up with a gloss in a particular context, and even them I'm hesitant to say that it would capture even most of what the original term might have carried for someone who understood it in its original context.

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