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1. Do the Scripture teach that man is immortal?
2. What saith the Scriptures concerning immortality? Who receive it, and when?
3. Collect all the passages which use such terms as, "immortal soul," "never-
dying soul," &100:, and send the lists on to the Editor.
4. Make a list of the other references to the soul.
We might mention for the guidance of our readers that the Hebrew word for "soul" is
nephesh, and is translated in the A.V. "soul," "creature," "life," &100: The Greek word is
psuche, and is referred "soul," "life," &100:
What saith the Scriptures concerning the Immortality of the Soul?
In our last paper we gave a few quotations from Spiritistic sources which were
unanimous in their support of the doctrine of the immortality of the soul. We would now
turn from these "lying spirits" to the word of truth. So powerful is the hold of tradition
upon us, that it seems hardly possible for anyone to approach the Scriptures in an
unbiased manner; yet believing, as we do, that all Scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and that every word of God is pure, we may confidently turn to this book of books,
feeling assured that all that is to be known of the soul will be found within its pages.
The word which the A.V. Old Testament has rendered "soul" is the Hebrew word
nephesh. Nephesh occurs 754 times in the Hebrew of the Old Testament. In the A.V.
and R.V., it is translated "soul" 472 times, whilst in the remaining 282 places it is
represented by 44 different words and phrases. The English word "soul" is in every
occurrence the rendering of the Hebrew nephesh, except in Job 30: 15 and Isa. 57: 16.
Turning to the New Testament we find that the word rendered "soul" is the Greek
word psuche. This word occurs in the A.V. 103 times; 58 times it is rendered "soul,"
40 times "life," 3 times "mind," once "heart," and once "heartily." No other word but
psuche is translated "soul" in the A.V. New Testament. The reader is now in possession
of the simple facts of the case; we have a full, perfect, and authoritative statement by the
creator and redeemer of the soul of man as to its nature.
We trust that our readers sufficiently revere the Scriptures as to be ready to submit to
every statement, and so should it once be declared that the soul is immortal, we shall bow
before the Word; and now, with the immortality of the soul before us, we commence our
investigation of these 857 inspired references. We read many and varied statements as to
the soul of man, our search carrying us through book after book of Law, Prophets,
Psalms, Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and the Apocalypse, and when the last reference has
been made we are confronted with the astounding fact that not once in all the 857 verses
scattered throughout the whole Bible is there ever found a statement which would lend
the remotest colouring to the oft-repeated statement, "the immortal soul," "the never