Man was created by the immediate hand of God, and is different from all other creatures (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7). His complex nature is composed of 2 elements, 2 distinct substances, viz., body and soul (Genesis 2:7; Eccl. 12:7; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8).
The “spirit” (Greek: pneuma) is the soul as rational; the “soul” (Greek: psuche) is the same, considered as the animating and vital principle of the body.
Man was created in the likeness of God as to the perfection of his nature, in knowledge (Col. 3:10), righteousness, and holiness (Ephesians 4:24), and as having dominion over all the inferior creatures (Genesis 1:28). He had in his original state God’s law written on his heart, and had power to obey it, and yet was capable of disobeying, being left the freedom of his own will.
There are various Hebrew words for “man.”
Hebrew: אָדָם —transliteration: adam
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Hebrew: אִ֥ישׁ —transliteration: ish, ishi, like the Latin vir and Greek aner
This word denotes…
a man, in opposition to a woman (1 Samuel 17:33)
And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. —Matthew 14:21 KJV
- a husband (Genesis 3:16)
“…your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.” —Genesis 3:16 NASB
Hebrew: אֱנוֹשׁ —transliteration: enosh
Hebrew: גָּ֫בֶר —transliteration: Geber