You are hereHomeBARMay/June 1986Does the Holy Sepulchre Church Mark the Burial of Jesus? Nefesh literally means “soul.” In rabbinic literature, it also refers to a monument constructed over a grave as a memorial to the deceased. In contemporaneous Greek inscriptions, the equivalent term is stele. Join the BAS Library! Already a library member? Log in here. Institution user? Log in with your IP address.