There are 132 references to this work in Franz Pieper's 3-volume Christian Dogmatics (C.D.) textbooks:
- C.D. Vol. 1: 68 references
- C.D. Vol. 2: 40 references
- C.D. Vol. 3: 24 references
The Baier-Walther Compendium has been made available again in print in recent years as reproductions of the originals (essentially scanned images) by Emmanuel Press here. But these do not include the digitized text. Since this work is considered "Walther's textbook", the one he used during his days of teaching, I consider it to have great value, and I am presenting the digital text, in the original languages. In previous years this would have no value for laymen because its languages were incomprehensible. But with today's Internet tools, digitization and Google Translate (even for Latin), it is within our grasp so that the general meaning of the text can be readily determined by copying relevant texts into Google Translate for Latin or German.
I am beginning now with Volume 1. This text is the output of OCR software from scans of the original books (not from Emmanuel Press) with some corrections of OCR errors in the Latin and German portions. Although it will be readily seen that this is far from perfect, yet there are far less errors of text than in the Google Books "plain text" OCR copy. No attempt was made to correct the Greek and Hebrew words because of my lack of familiarity with them. To get the exact Greek and Hebrew texts, the user will need to either download the book scan from Google Books or purchase the reproductions from Emmanuel Press which are reasonably priced. A "Doc" file is available for download => here <=".
"Walther's Textbook", Volume I
There are earlier editions of Baier's work (e.g. Preuss edition), but they do not compare to this edition by Walther, for it is Walther's added quotes that gives this work its real value. Just as Luther had to judge the Church Fathers where they erred, so Walther had to judge where Baier or other "orthodox Lutheran theologians" went astray and make corrections in their erroneous statements. As Emmanuel Press says, the Index Volume IV gives “several of Baier’s phrases, opinions, and modes of teaching, of which Dr. Walther did not approve.” And the one review on Amazon by "John D. Kronen" utterly misses the mark as this work was not for "scholars" but rather for Christian teaching, including the "disastrous doctrines of the verbal inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture".
You will find many points of interest in this text when explored. For example Walther quotes the Koran on pages 130-131.
Volumes 2, 3, and an Index ("Volume IV") will be forthcoming later.