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The biblical data from the
book of Genesis describes the creation of the nephesh (soulish)
creatures on the fifth and sixth days of creation (see Day-Age Genesis One Interpretation).
Examples given include the "sea monsters" (i.e., whales),
cattle, "creeping things" (i.e., rodents), and "beasts of
the earth (i.e., carnivores).1 The bipedal primates, though not
specifically mentioned, would have been created at this time also.
Hebrew word most often translated “soul,” referring to both man
and animals, including those beings that exhibit mind, will, and emotion.
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions:
soul, self, life, creature, person,
appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion
that which breathes, the breathing
substance or being, soul, the inner being of man
living being (with life in the
the man himself, self, person or
seat of the appetites
seat of emotions and passions
activity of mind
activity of the will
activity of the character
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H5314
Same Word by TWOT Number: 1395a
1:20 Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of
living creatures [nephesh], and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of
1:21 And God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature [nephesh]
that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every
winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
1:22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and
fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
1:23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
1:24 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth living
creatures [nephesh] after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the
earth after their kind"; and it was so.
1:25 And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle
after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind;
and God saw that it was good.
1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and
over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and
over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
1:27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created
him; male and female He created them.