I may not be able to convince my dichotomist brethren to the trichotomist point of view but it won't be because I did not try. I think we must begin in Genesis with the creation of other creatures in contrast to the creation of man. Genesis 1:20 "And God said, Let the waters bring forth...." Genesis 1:24 "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature...." Genesis 1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image...." All other creatures were indirectly created by God but man was directly created by God ("let the waters....Let the earth" versus "Let us"). In the creation of other life no inbreathing into their nostrils was necessary for physical life. Also, no other creature was made in the "image" of God. Of course God had no materialistic image and so the image must be immaterial in nature. God had no physical life and so that is not part of the image passed on to man. Included in this immaterial "image" is not merely the superior mental distinctives between beast and man (moral and rational abilities expressed in free agency) but a three fold conscious existence whereby man can interact with the outer world, with the inner world of self and with the spiritual world. Moses uses the Hebrew plural "lives" to describe what God breathed (spirited) into man. Like the animals he has physical and soulish life. Animals have physical life but they also have unique soulish life or animated personalities. We all have had pets and one pet's personality is not the same as another. One pet is smarter than another and express themselves in various personality traits. They communicate with each other at various levels. Hence animals partake of more than mere bio-life but in addition have a soul life or distinctive living personality expression. Their soul life is not as advanced as the soul life in man as the soul life of man is a reflection of God's soul as a moral and rational free agent. Howevever in addition to bio-life and soul life man is given something unique. Man has been uniquely given spiritual life. That is why he can have both bio-material and soulish life and yet be spiritually dead. Spiritual life is in addition to bio and soulish life shared by animals. The spirit of man enables him to worship and fellowship with God or demons in a spiritual sphere above the material or soulish capabilites that all anmial's share with man. Therefore man is created in the image of God in more than just advanced soulish capabilties (moral, rational free agency) but is created with three levels of consciousness in the image of a Tri-une God who is one but exists in three distinct separate conscious expressions. 1. Outer world consciousness through the five senses - 2. Inner world consciousness - soul - moral, mental, emotional free agency. 3. Other world consciousenss - spiritual existence and consciousness The Word of God is capable of dividing or distinguishing spirit from soul just as it is capable of distinguishing bone from morrow (Heb. 4:12). The wish of Paul that his readers be set apart by God beginning with the spirit, the soul and finally the Bible is in perfect harmony with the three aspects of salvation -regeneration (what is born of Spirit is spirit); sanctification of the soul/life (as a man thinketh so is he, set your affections on things above, do these things) and glorification of the body in the resurrection (1 Thes. 5:23).