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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Old Missouri library – Lehre und Wehre downloads (Part 1)

(updated May 11, 2013 – most volumes in Google Books – see this later post)
(2017-03-29: The Table of Contents (Inhalt) is now available online here.)
(2017-03-31: Changed malfunctioning Box.com links to Archive.org downloads -- now fixed)

In the previous post, I advised the completion of uploading the balance of the entire St. Louis Edition of Luther's works, apart from those volumes publicly available at Archive.org.  Why was it called the "St. Louis" Edition?  Because it was the home city for the old (German) Missouri Synod.  It was the home of Concordia Seminary and its teachers.  The heart of Luther had moved from Germany to America, America's heartland.

And from these same teachers came a wealth of German writings of their own: I reviewed some of these before (and listed the many essays) in a previous post):
  1. Essays – Synodical Conventions
  2. Essays – District Conventions
  3. Essays – Synodical Conference conventions
  4. Der Lutheraner periodical
  5. Lehre und Wehre periodical
There were also publications in English – they did speak English as well as German.  But I consider almost all of their English publications as secondary to their German ones.  Why?  Because Walther and Pieper published almost exclusively in the German language and they were the ones who "gathered the luminous rays of the Gospel" the best.  Here are the English language periodicals:
   A) Theological Monthly
   B) Lutheran Witness

In another old post, I provided a download of most of Franz Pieper's writings in Lehre und Wehre.  I will duplicate that download here and also provide a PDF version along with the original DOC file:
[2017-03-05: updated DropBox links]
In this post, I am providing the links to the scanned copies of the entire series of volumes of Lehre und Wehre.  Most of these volumes are available now for download from Google Books (in green font) , some of these with EPUB text in green bold font.  Others are available from Archive.org, especially for the later years.

Lehre und Wehre – download links (30 - 57 MB)
  1,    2,    3,    4,    5,    6,    7,    8,    9,  10    (1855 – 1864)
11,  12,  13,  14,  15,  16,  17,  18,  19,  20    (1865 
– 1874)
21,  22,  23,  24,  25,  26,  27,  28,  29,  30    (1875 
– 1884)
31,  32,  33,  34,  35,  36,  37,  38,  39,  40    (1885 
– 1894)
41,  42,  43,  44,  45,  46,  47,  48,  49,  50    (1895 
 1904)
51,  52,  53,  54,  55,  56,  57,  58,  59,  60    (1905 
– 1914)
61,  62,  63,  64,  65,  66,  67,  68,  69,  70    (1915 
– 1924)
71,  72,  73,  74,  75                                       (1925 
– 1929)
Index for volumes 1-28: 1847-1881
         (updated May 11, 2013 – most volumes in Google Books)

Again, who should care about these old volumes from so long ago, in the German language, and in the old fraktur font?  Because this is the heart of the old (German) Missouri Synod...  beautiful Christian teaching is brought out in these volumes, and Franz Pieper makes numerous references to these volumes in his Christian Dogmatics textbooks.

In the next post Part 2a, I plan to make available the complete downloads for the old Missouri's well known periodical, Der Lutheraner.

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