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Why did the early church write the new testament in books when God said it’d be written on hearts?

Question by Ataraxia: Why did the early church write the new testament in books when God said it’d be written on hearts?
Jeremiah 31:33

”But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those
days,” declares the LORD,
“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be
their God, and they shall be My people.”

The old covenant had its regulations written on stone and scrolls and books. The new one has regulations written on the heart of each participant. Its not to be externaized like the old one, not one to be told in word or writing by somebody… Do this, dont do that… The new covenant is the age of spiritual maturity, to be guided by conscience, not books.

Best answer:

Answer by Obnoxious Cole fan
I think that “on their hearts” was a metaphor. Uhm..Christianity would be a lot more hated if people wrote things on actual hearts.

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Preaching and Teaching the Last Things: Old Testament Eschatology for the Life of the Church

Preaching and Teaching the Last Things: Old Testament Eschatology for the Life of the Church

Distinguished Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser believes that the Old Testament is sorely neglected today in teaching and preaching, but it is even more neglected when it comes to setting forth the hope that Christians have for the future.

Firmly believing that the Old Testament offers important insights into biblical eschatology and the Christian life, Kaiser provides guidance for expositing fifteen key Old Testament eschatological passages to preachers, teachers, and Bible students

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Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought (Evangelical Ressourcement: Ancient Sources for the Church’s Future)

Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought (Evangelical Ressourcement: Ancient Sources for the Church’s Future)

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The contemporary church dismisses Christianity’s foundational Scriptures at its own peril. However, the teachings of the Old Testament are less and less at the center of congregational preaching and conversation. The early church fathers–visionaries such as Augustine, Origen, and Tertullian–embraced the Hebrew Scriptures, allowing the Old Testament to play a central role in the formation of their beliefs. As today’s Christians struggle to relate to concepts such as the Jewish law and the prophets, pastors and laypersons benefit from looking through the lenses of these thoughtful pioneers. This latest volume in the Evangelical Ressourcement series helps the Old Covenant to come alive.

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