Orthodox Lutheran Father Quote of the Day

Chapter VII: On the Canonical Books of the Old Testament in Particular

The Psalter:

The Psalter is (1) A theater of the works of God, for the things for which we must watch are exhibited within it. (2) A rich meadow filled with roses, where we gaze at the many lovely flowers. (3) A paradise that has not merely the bare fragrance of the flowers but also the fruits. (4) A broad sea in which lie precious pearls that only those can find who endure its tempestuous storms. (5) The school of heaven in which we speak with God, our teacher. (6) The compendium of the entire Scripture. (7) a mirror of divine grace that reflects the pleasant face of our kind Father. (8) A most careful anatomy of our soul that indicates all the states and affections of the soul and the remedies for those affections.

Johann Gerhard
On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture
p 141

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Church Father Quote of the Day

If death is defined as the separation of the soul from the body, the resurrection is evidently a new union of the soul with the boy, a renewed emergence of the fallen and decomposed being. Therefore the body, corrupt and decomposed, will also arise incorrupt. He who made it in the beginning from the dust of the earth certainly does not lack the power to make it rise again-in accordance with the judgment of the Creator-after it has decomposed and returned to the dust from which it was formed.

John Damascene
An Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, 4, 27

Lent and Easter with the Early Church Fathers
Marco Pappalardo
p 101

Orthodox Lutheran Father Quote of the Day

Chapter VII: On the Canonical Books of the Old Testament in Particular

Job:

The Christian Church has always held the Book of Job in high regard. Jerome speaks about it as follows (Ad Paulinum, vol. 3, f. 7): “It determines all the laws of dialectic with its proposition, assumption, confirmation, conclusion. Every word in it is filled with feelings.” Suidas (loc. cit.) syas that is sings far more sweetly than the Homeric and Platonic nightingales and embraces “an inquiry into the nature of the entire region, the natural orders of animals and birds, and some brilliant tales.” The summary of the whole books is whether God afflicts even the devout. This Job affirms, but his kinsmen deny it. 

Johann Gerhard
On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture
p 137-138

Orthodox Lutheran Father Quote of the Day

The two Books of Ezra:

This second book is attributed to Ezra (though it was written by Nehemiah) for two reasons: (1) Because it contains what Ezra and Nehemiah did at the same time. (2) Because, among the Hebrews, both books were connected into a single volume, which was divided into two among the Latins. 

Johann Gerhard
On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture
p 131

Orthodox Lutheran Father Quote of the Day

Question 2: Whether the prophetic books were consumed in the burning of Jerusalem and were restored by Ezra.

(5) Evident reason.…. Furthermore, had Ezra dictated sacred books that had been totally destroyed, he would have done this in the Chaldaic language or certainly in the current vernacular of the Israelites, which was a mixture of Hebrew and Chaldaic idioms, whence some writings also in the Chaldaic idioms are found in Ezra and Daniel. But is is evident that the sacred books we have today were written in a pure Hebrew language, namely, the language of our first parents, the patriarchs, and the prophets used, which is clear even from an etymology of proper names.

Johann Gerhard
On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture
p 117