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This article is about the Hebrew word. For the semitic grave monument, see Nefesh. For the biblical concept of the human soul, see Soul in the Bible.

Nephesh (נֶפֶש) is a Biblical Hebrew word which occurs in the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). Although it is commonly rendered as soul in English translations, the word refers to the tangible aspects of life, and human beings and animals are both described as having a nephesh.[1]