This part picks up on the last six of seven points made by John Gerhard in support of the Lutheran meaning of the Hebrew grammar of Genesis 4:1. There is deep discussion of Hebrew grammar at times, but also surprising commentary. I believe Prof. Pardieck was a Hebrew master himself and could judge the best of them.
Johann Reuchlin, a Humanist during the time of the Reformation, was not much of a friend of the Christian faith when he was willing to remove a Hebrew letter from the word "man" to please the Jews. Today's "Humanists" are no different than Reuchlin as they prefer to please the Jews by condemning Luther on his writings against the Jews. "Humanitas International" (now off the Internet as of 2013) formerly published Luther's writing against the Jews in order to warn readers against Luther's "anti-semitism". – Even the early Lutheran theologian Sebastian Schmidt was weak in that he too would grant that some truth could be gleaned from the Kabbalah [or Cabala]. But not so the old (German) Missouri Synod... not Prof. Eduard Pardieck.
The eyes can glaze over with some of the more technical portions of the above. But then one catches the conclusions of the true Lutheran exegetes and finds that Oh!... that's what they are talking about, that the ancients believed in what we Christians do today... the same object of faith. For example, I was jolted by the phrase:
...an early Christmas celebrationWhat? A Christmas celebration in the book of Genesis?? Oh, I see, the ancients too longed for Christmas to roll around, like we Christians in the New Testament times.
Gerhard is being heralded by some of the scholars of the LC-MS and CPH. Matthew Harrison says:
Gerhard’s Loci is the greatest doctrinal text in the entire history of Lutheranism.Harrison's praise of Gerhard does nothing for me, but Pardieck's and Walther's praise makes me interested to learn more from Gerhard. I would like to know if Pardieck's quotes from Gerhard above are included in the current series of translations being sold by CPH.
At this point, I must say in response to President Harrison's assertion above: There is even a better doctrinal text of Lutheranism than Gerhard's... it is Franz Pieper's Christian Dogmatics. Harrison deliberately overlooks Pieper's work. Why is Pieper's work better? Because Pieper perfectly followed Walther, the greatest Lutheran theologian since the Reformation century... and that includes going past Gerhard to get there. Walther highly praised Gerhard in places and values him highly, but Walther shows that he went back even further for the ultimate theology... he had to go
Back To Luther.In the next Part 8...