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Post by Archived Topic » Wed Feb 17, 1999 12:00 am

I wanted to know what the word origin of "spirit" is. Or where the word derived.
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Post by Jonathon Green » Thu Feb 18, 1999 8:00 am

Latin 'spiritus', breath, breathing. The earlier English uses of the word are mainly derived from passages in the Vulgate, in which spiritus is employed to render Gr. 'pneuma' and Heb. 'ruah'. The translation of these words by 'spirit' (or one of its variant forms) is common to all versions of the Bible from Wyclif onwards.
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