Orthodox Lutheran Father Quote of the Day

Some list twenty-five canonical books of the Old Testament, others list thirty-five, and they do this without any dissent. You see, those who list twenty-two join Ruth with the Book of Judges and Lamentations with Jeremiah. Those who list twenty-five separate Nehemiah from Ezra, and the rest call it 2 Ezra. Those who list thirty-five count the Minor Prophets as individual books, though others count them as a single book. Regarding these canonical books of the Old Testament, Augustine says: “There really should have been few of them, lest what must be bright by religion become cheap by multitude; yet they should not be so few that their agreement would not be miraculous” (De civ. Dei, bk. 18, c. 41).

Johann Gerhard
On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture
p 80

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