Barry Newman's Blog

March 24, 2010

“The Heart” in the Old Testament (part XII)

Filed under: The Heart — barrynewman @ 12:48 am

The Soul and the Heart

Of the 42 references to “all the heart” 20 are also associated with “all the soul”.  With all one’s heart and all one’s soul one walks before or turns to or turns back to Yahweh.  Yahweh is or is to be sought, served, loved, or his commandments obeyed with all one’s heart and with all one’s soul. One may know with all the heart and with all the soul.  God himself wishes to do good with all his heart and with all his soul. There are only 4 references to heart and soul occurring together, where “all” is not involved.  In a previously blog series it was argued that “all the soul” means something like “all of one’s person”, “all of one’s very being”.  “All the heart” would seem to focus on the mental side of one’s being. To love God with all of one’s heart and all of one’s soul is to love God with all that one is!!  There is no “except for …” phrase!! 

This concludes the blog series on “The Heart” but only so far as the Old Testament’s association with heart.  Thge next blog series will deal with “The Heart” in the Septuagint.

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