Living beings

Regarding your answer on whether or not animals have souls, I can't believe that it is biblical to say that animals don't have souls. Genesis 1, 2 and 9 refer to animals by the Hebrew word for soul, which is nephesh. The word nephesh is translated into Greek in the Septuagint as psyche, which is also used in the New Testament to refer to soul. The Bible also says that animals have ruach, which is Hebrew for spirit. Surely, animals have souls (and spirits), don't they?

The answer to another question, similar to yours, will offer further explanation.

“The words in the Hebrew of the Old Testament and the Greek of the New Testament that are commonly translated into English as ‘soul’ are somewhat generic words, indicating the non-material part of human beings and other creatures. Their precise meaning at a given place must be drawn from their context in the Bible text and from related statements on the same subject also drawn from the Bible itself. The Bible clearly ascribes to animals a ‘soul’ in the sense of immaterial part of their being, the ‘animating’ quality that makes them a ‘living being’ in their bodies. This frequent use of the term (for mankind or animals) is almost identical with ‘life, breath of life, inner life.’

“Throughout Scripture, however, there is no evidence or hint that animals have an immortal ‘soul/spirit’ that relates or communicates distinctively with God. This quality, with parallel Bible vocabulary words used to indicate it, is limited to mankind. Animals were not created in the image of God, do not bear moral responsibility, do not sin, are never pointed to Christ’s work for forgiveness, are not invited or urged to seek restoration of spiritual and eternal life in Christ, and are never said to face divine judgment, etc.” (The question and answer that you referenced centered on the content of this paragraph.)