1. I've read that the Spirit of God breathed on the face of the first man wasn't man's soul, but the Spirit of grace.
Originally Posted by Father David Moser
Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy in The Law of God tells us:
In this manner he indicates that the Spirit of God breathed upon the face of the first created man was indeed the immortal soul.
Fr David Moser
Originally Posted by Seda S.
Thank you, Father, for this very important correction. St Ephraim the Syrian whom I love very much also says the same. I think, some other Universal Teachers too, though I don't know now who exactly. So now I need to find out who of the Ancient Fathers or at least just 'authors' gives that other explanation I brought there. I've read it somewhere, as I've written already, but I don't know the patristic source (otherwise I would mention it). Maybe someone of you, more knowledgable in this subject, recognizes the source of that other explanation. This started to bother my mind a little.
When looking in the "Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" by Losski (trying to understand the quotation from Losski in the other thread of Byron), I found, in the VI chapter, that St Gregory the Theologian, according to Losski, taught about the Divine grace being given to the first man when God breathed His Spirit into him. Losski mentions that according to others too, for example, St Macarius the Great, the human being before the fall
was clad with the Spirit of God. I only have the Russian translation of Losski's work, so can't quote him and his sources in English. If you have that book in English, you can look in the VI chapter which is about 'Image and likeness'. The Russian translation of that chapter is here-http://www.vehi.net/vlossky/06.html
So, there are different explanations about the "Spirit breathed into man": the human soul (in its general sense as the spiritual side of the man); the nous (ум) or spirit as the higher aspect of man's spiritual side (according to Theophan the Recluse), while the animal soul of man was created together with the body; and, lastly, the Spirit of grace.