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GHOST (נֶ֫פֶשׁ, H5883; πνευμα, soul, spirit, cf. German Geist, spirit; see also Familiar Spirit).
1. In KJV usage, the Old Eng. word “ghost” is equivalent to the modern word “spirit.” The Gr. word πνευμα is tr. “ghost” twice (
The Heb. word נֶ֫פֶשׁ, H5883, is tr. “ghost” twice (
2. Also in KJV usage, the Old Eng. word “spirit” is sometimes equivalent to the modern word “ghost” (
3. Apparently, the attitude of the disciples when they saw Jesus walking on the water mirrors the beliefs of the Jews in the time of Christ—that ghosts, or spirits, not only surround them in the invisible world, but could on occasion reveal themselves to human eyes (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
"The" is also frequent in the King James Version; in the American Standard Revised Version it is invariably changed to " ," in the English Revised Version sometimes only, chiefly in the Gospels.