12 June 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

Always be revolving, in speech and in your mind, upon the words of God: for God gave this to be a prize for labors, a little light for seeing something hidden; or else, to be a blessing that by the holy God's great laws you might be pierced; or, third, that by these cares you might withdraw your mind from earthly things. But, lest you be stolen in mind by foreign books (for in them many evil things have been inserted) receive, friend, this list of mine of books which are approved. (He goes to list the canon of the Hebrew Scriptures and of the NT - without Revelation. He skips over the Apocrypha entirely). If there is anything else besides these, it is not among the genuine.
- St. Gregory of Nazianzus, On God and Man, "Concerning the Genuine Books of Scripture" (PG 37, 471-474)

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