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What the Catholic Church Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Holy Spirit

The gender of the Holy Spirit has been the object of some discussion in recent years, questioning whether the Holy Spirit should be referred to as “he”, “she” or “it”. To some extent this derives from the gender of the noun used in different languages. In the original Hebrew of the Old Testament, the word for spirit is “rūaḥ” is a feminine noun.

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It’s true – the Hebrew word for “spirit” is indeed of the feminine gender. And some argue that since all Hebrew words have either feminine or masculine genders, and there is no neutral gender, that it makes no difference whether we call the Holy Spirit he, she or it.

I disagree with this argument, because the Holy Spirit is a living being and not an object in which there’s no life.

Yes, it’s true – every Hebrew noun, whether it’s living or not, has a gender assigned to it. For example, the word “city” (קִרְיָה) is a feminine noun in Hebrew.Read more…

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Demonology: Who Is Lilith?

Lilith is mentioned only once in the Bible – in Isaiah 34:14, where the Hebrew word לִילִית (“lilit) is translated as the “screetch owl”. In the verse Isaiah prophesizes that she will be one of the demonic nocturnal creatures which will haunt the destroyed kingdom of Edom.

This Hebrew word for the demoness Lilith is thought to be from the root word לִילִ which stands for “night” or “gloom”. In Arabic and Akkadian this word stands for “night” as well. However, it is believed by some researchers that the name Lilith comes from the Sumerian lil which means “air”, and in some cuneiform inscriptions the terms lilitu and lilit stand for the disease-bearing wind spirits (source).

According to the same source, the first time that we find this demon mentioned is at around 3,000 BC, as a class of Sumerian storm spirits called lilitu:Read more…

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