heart

Frequently used in both OT and NT, but rarely in the physiological sense, since the Hebrews were unaware of its function; but its importance was recognized, and so it acquired a metaphorical sense for what is dearest and best—a ‘clean heart’ (Ps. 51:10; Ezek. 36:26). The heart was also regarded as the seat of emotions (1 Kgs. 8:38), of memory (1 Kgs. 4:29), and of wisdom (NRSV prefers ‘mind’ instead of ‘heart’: 1 Kgs. 3:12), and the new covenant will be written in the hearts of the people (Jer. 31:31–4).
Similarly in the NT, Jesus is ‘gentle and humble in heart’ (Matt. 11:29). The ‘pure in heart’ (Matt. 5:8) are those without an accusing conscience; for ‘God searches the heart’ (Rom. 8:27) and being ‘cut to the heart’ is the prelude to conversion (Acts 2:37). In Paul's analysis of human nature the heart is neutral: it may be evil (Rom. 1:21), but it may also be good (2 Cor. 1:22).

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