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 Posted: Fri Jun 30th, 2006 02:30 am
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Mark James


Joined: Fri Jun 9th, 2006
Location: Chicago, Illinois USA
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I think it's worthy of note that Martin Luther did NOT <repeat> did NOT first use the words soul, love, or anything else on that list. Any book of etymology that says otherwise is not only not a good book on the subject, but likely non-existent.

Not even taking into account that Luther wrote in German, not English, we see the use of these words far earlier than Luther.

Soul, just for instance, dates back as early as the 10th century in the Old English "sawol" which is likely from the Old German "seula," meaning "from the sea."

Love, on the other hand, goes back to the Old English "lufu" and is a cognate with the Old Frisian "luve," Old High German "luba," and early Scandinavian "luf." In fact "love" is one of the earliest words recorded in the English language.

Perhaps you are referring to the use of words like "love and "soul" in The modern Bible where they did not exist in the original texts. Considering that Luther's translation did have some influence on the KJV this could possibly have some validity. But everything else about this statement is part and parcel untrue.

All due respect.