Why Did the Bible’s Writers Write About the “Heart” When They Should Have Said “Brain”? September 22, 2015

Why Did the Bible’s Writers Write About the “Heart” When They Should Have Said “Brain”?

The Bible has a lot of verses that include references to body parts, like 1 Samuel 16:7: “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

“The Lord looks on the heart.”

We all know what that metaphor means. We also know that the heart isn’t actually where our consciences and thoughts reside. Our heart doesn’t think or get depressed or feel love. All of those things emanate from our brain.

So YouTuber TruthSurge has a simple question: Did the men who wrote the Bible know they were using metaphors, or did they really believe, for example, that the heart had qualities that we now attribute to the brain (in which case they were wrong)?

He explores these questions in a four-part series:

I haven’t had a chance to watch the whole series, but if any parts stand out, please leave the timestamp/summary in the comments.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Ed for the link)

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