Heart and Soul: What Makes Us Human

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

The most important commandment, according to Jesus in Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27, is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (NAB and, essentially, NRSV).

Jesus himself (using Greek) is quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 (which is in Hebrew), and that line is central to both Jews and Christians. Deuteronomy 6:5 is part of the text that Jews traditionally affix to their doorways, and, as we just saw, Jesus calls this the most important commandment.

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Author: Joel M. Hoffman

Keywords: Levav, Psuche, Psyche, Nephesh, Nefesh, Heart and Soul, Heart Soul Mind, immortality of the soul, Immortal soul, Immortal spirit, Soul and spirit, Eternal soul, Eternal spirit, Nature of man, Humanity, Makeup of man, anthropology of man, Whole heart, All my heart, All my soul, All your heart, All your soul, body, breath, breathing, panting

Bible reference(s): Deuteronomy 4:29, Deuteronomy 6:5, Deuteronomy 10:12, Deuteronomy 11:13, Deuteronomy 11:18, Deuteronomy 13:3, Deuteronomy 26:16, Deuteronomy 30:2, Deuteronomy 30:6, Deuteronomy 30:10, Joshua 22:5, 1 Kings 2:4, 1 Kings 8:48, 2 Kings 23:3, 2 Kings 23:25, 1 Chronicles 22:19, 2 Chronicles 6:38, 2 Chronicles 15:12, 2 Chronicles 34:31, Psalm 13:2, Psalm 24:4, Psalm 84:2, Proverbs 2:10, Proverbs 24:12, Isaiah 44:20, Jeremiah 4:19, Matthew 10:28, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Mark 12:33, Luke 10:27, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 4:12

Source: And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning, (New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2010), pp. 105-125.

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