Born in 1582, by his mid-thirties Johann Gerhard was regarded as Germany’s greatest living Protestant theologian. He established the tradition of Lutheran scholasticism and wrote some of the period’s most popular and influential devotional literature. He wrote these Sacred Meditations when he was only 22. In his introduction, Charles Albert remarks that Sacred Meditations, “. . . gained and maintained a deep and lasting hold upon the Church, as so expressing the loftiest devotion, with spiritual insight so just, that all, even those old in the faith, might be guided and uplifted by the meditations of so young a disciple of Christ.” This devotional book contains 51 meditations from the prominent Luther theologian.
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- 51 devotions from Luther orthodoxy’s greatest theologian
- Early seventeenth-century devotional literature
- Title: Gerhard’s Sacred Meditations
- Author: Johann Gerhard
- Translator: C. W. Heisler
- Publisher: Lutheran Publication Society
- Publication Date: 1896
- Pages: 307
About Johann Gerhard
Johann Gerhard (1582–1637) was a Lutheran church leader and leading Lutheran scholastic theologian during the era of Lutheran orthodoxy. He graduated from the Universty of Jena in 1605. In 1616 he became senior theological professor at Jena, where he would spend the rest of his life.