Greetings njd, you wrote:
Paidion, what do you think of God saying "my soul(nephesh)" when he has no flesh?
‘I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul(nephesh) shall abhor you" Leviticus 26:30
In the Hebrew writings, a soul (nephesh) was "a being." Thus "God's soul" is "God's being."
Sometimes "nephesh" meant "life." Consider the first occurrences of the word in the King James Bible:
Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life (nephesh
), and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Genesis 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature (nephesh
) that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature (nephesh
) after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life (nephesh
), I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Genesis 2:7 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 (nephesh
Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature (nephesh
), that was the name thereof.
Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life (nephesh
) thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
Genesis 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives (nephesh
)will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life (nephesh
) of man.
Can a soul be dead? Is it possible to touch a dead soul?
Numbers 19:11 He that toucheth the dead body (nephesh
) of any man shall be unclean seven days.
You wrote:God is Spirit like Jesus said. But has a Soul.
No. God doesn't have
a "soul"; He is
a "soul." That is, He is a being.
God exists without flesh. Has a soul. How come a human being can't exist without flesh, as a soul?
Again, God doesn't HAVE a soul; He IS "a soul" (a being). A human being is also a being—a unified being. Mind and body are but two words describing two aspects of that human being. Your question is like asking, "How come a bicycle doesn't exist after you take it apart?"
You wrote:"You will not abandon my soul/nephesh/psuche to Hades/Sheol" Acts 2:27/Psalm 16:10
"You will not abandon my being to the grave, or let your Holy One experience corruption." (Instead, You will raise Him to life again.)
Indeed, this is Peter's point in quoting that passage; just read the verses following Acts 2:27:
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,
31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
....there are three things out of which, as I have shown, the complete man is composed—flesh, soul[psuche], and spirit[pneuma]. One of these does indeed preserve and fashion [the man]—this is the spirit; while as to another it is united and formed—that is the flesh; then [comes] that which is between these two—that is the soul, which sometimes indeed, when it follows the spirit, is raised up by it, but sometimes it sympathizes with the flesh, and falls into carnal lusts....
-Irenaeus - Against Heresies - book 5 chapter 9
Irenæus may have been influenced by Greek thought, as indeed was all of Christendom in his time and later. On the other hand, he may have been writing about three aspects of the whole human person—the physical body, the mind (which he calls "soul") and the very life of a person, which he labels "spirit."