In Genesis chapter two verse seven God created man from the dust and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils;
Genesis 2:7 KJV And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The original words used in the Hebrew were:
nshamah (nesh-aw-maw') n-f.
- a puff, i.e. wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect. or (concretely) an animal
KJV: blast, (that) breath(-eth), inspiration, soul, spirit.
chay (khah'-ee) adj.
(hence) raw (flesh)
fresh (plant, water, year), strong
(as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively
KJV: + age, alive, appetite, (wild) beast, company, congregation, life(-time), live(-ly), living (creature, thing), maintenance, + merry, multitude, + (be) old, quick, raw, running, springing, troop.
Chay Is the same word used in 1Kings 17:17 which is just breath.
Since נְשָׁמָה can also be interpreted as soul, could breath be a mistranslation in light of the second part of the verse "and man became a living soul".
Or is there some other explanation for the breath of life, such as oxygen absorption, which has been prove to be the case of a fetus in the womb?
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