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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919


WUNCH, Hans-Georg. The strong and the fat heart in the Old Testament: Does God hearten the heart?. Old testam. essays [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.1, pp.165-188. ISSN 2312-3621.

This article looks at the different Hebrew terms used in connection with the stubbornness of the heart. Is there a difference between "making the heart strong" and "making the heart fat"? And what other verbs are used in these contexts where God is active in the hearts of human beings? It also asks how these divine actions are related to the actions of the respective humans. To do this, we will first look at the anthropological meaning of the term "heart" in the OT and then relate this meaning to the different verbs used for God's actions. The article starts with the assumption of a syn-chronic reading of the OT and also tries to answer the question of whether or not there is also some change or development of the terms used for God's working in the hearts of human beings throughout the different books of the OT.

Palabras clave : Stubbornness of the heart; deity and human actions; synchronic exegesis; sovereignty; Hebrew language.

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