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The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
Nature refers to the entire realm of entities that human beings experience, and which includes animals, plants, and the greater cosmos. There is no word in the OT that corresponds to our English nature (from Lat. natura), which is often used to translate the Gk. word physis. The term physis does not necessarily mean the opposite of supernatural. Aside from some weak exceptions (Luke 24:39; 1 Cor 15:40-44), any juxtaposition of natural with supernatural is not well maintained in the Bible. Physis generally refers to essential or inborn features (a common meaning in Greco-Roman literature) and may be found in some NT texts such as Rom 1 :26; 1 Cor 11: 14; Gal 2: 15; and Jas 3:6.
Avalos, Hector, "Nature, Natural Phenomena" (2009). Philosophy and Religious Studies Publications. 11.