This continues from the previous Part 2 which presented download links to the entire series of the periodical journal Der Lutheraner. In this post, I am providing the links to the scanned copies and a few transcriptions of most of the convention essays that C.F.W. Walther and Franz Pieper presented to the old (German) Missouri Synod and the Synodical Conference. There are also two by F. Bente and one by George Mezger. Although many of these essays have been translated and published by Concordia Publishing House (CPH), yet the largest books of translations of Walther's essays, Essays For The Church, are currently unavailable. They are promised to be made available again in the future. Used copies may be available on Amazon or elsewhere.
In a previous post over a year ago, I published a spreadsheet of most of the Convention Essays of the old Missouri Synod and Synodical Conference. That spreadsheet will be of great value for reference in sorting through all of these wonderful essays. It especially indicates where English translations might be available.
The file names should be fairly self-evident: Year-District-Author-Title.PDF or DOC
Most files are PDF scans of the original German. Sprinkled throughout are a few DOC files of the German text which I was able to transcribe. These make it quite easy to copy text into Google Translate for a quick view. [August 2015- but see the many added links to OCR text of original German]
Updates: 2017: Mar. 8: added note on 1860-Missouri, upgraded all DropBox links; Feb. 26: added 1867 Colloquy between Iowa & Missouri Synods(not convention); 2016: Oct. 28-29: added PDF scan of 1890 Pieper from DL; added 1930 Dau, updated 1923, 1929 Missouri Delegate; Sept. 11: updated WLS essays links; August 13: updated 1882, 1883, 1885, 1889, 1891 Southern; July 12: Updated info on 1862 Western; April 14: 1911 Missouri - German text;1908 Missouri - German text; April 1: Added 1886 Syn. Conf essay text; Feb 19: Added text 1876 Northern, 1877 Eastern, 1879 Western, 1880 Western, 1887 Missouri; Feb 18: Added text 1860 Missouri Syn. On Absolution - Brohm, 1873 Eastern-Walther-Secret Societies; Feb 17: Added text file for 1867 Northern Distr., Walther-Exegesis; Feb. 5: Updated most Synodical Conf. essays with Google Bks links; August 16-17-18-19-20: Added numerous links to German text files: search Text file HERE; August 5: Added 1872 Missouri - Walther - 25th Years - Not Lose God's Blessings, But Bequeath to Descendents; August 3: Updated 1879 Iowa - Duties of Ev. Lutheran Church to include CPH phamplet; August 1: Added references to At Home in the House of My Fathers; July 28: Added scan of 1896 Missouri-Pieper-Church Government; July 27: Added 1872 English Conf. - Walther - 16 Theses; July 26: Added 1927 British Columbia- Alberta-Pieper; Added 1867-Northern-Walther; July 25: Added cross references to old Selected Writings of C.F.W. Walther - Convention Essays book (see Amazon used); Added cross references to the new Walther's Works: Church Fellowship book; July 24: Added cross-references to Essays for the Church I & II; July 22 Added text to 1919 Atlantic District/Pieper: The General Christian Character of the Lutheran Church; Added text doc for 1885 Southern/Pieper essay on "Life in Faith"; Added text doc for 1885 Iowa/Pieper essay on Certainty of Salvation; Added text doc for 1891 Southern/Pieper on Doctrine of Church, Individual Christians, Congregations, Whole Church Bodies; July 21: Added text document for 1893 Missouri/Pieper essay on "Our Position in Doctrine and Practice; Added text download 1905 Missouri/Pieper essay; Added text DOCX to 1899 Missouri/ Pieper essay Church and God's Word; July 19: added full text 1870 Eastern District- Antichrist; July 18, : added 1916 Southern Ill. Pieper- Reconciliation of God with Man, also remaining original essays used in What Is Christianity? book; July 17: updated 1902 Missouri Synod Pieper essay What Is Christianity? essay, also several others in the book of that name; March, 2015: updated with 2 items on WLSEssays.net; December, 2014 - added references to Tappert's translations; added Google Books scans where found; search terms "intitle:synodal inauthor:missouri" or "intitle:verhandlungen inauthor:missouri" [editable list here]
So what use is there for these German resources for our English speaking readers? They will be a glimpse into the real Missouri Synod, the Missouri Synod from above that had the right Doctrine of Justification and so could properly teach on Christian subjects wide-ranging from Church Government to Church Fathers, from Absolution to Usury. And it is hoped that they will be a resource for those who thirst for their soul's salvation (like me) and want to translate more of these into English and so get all the wonderful teachings of the fathers of the old (German) Missouri Synod and the Synodical Conference. Now these resources aren't locked away in some seminary library... not even Google Books has seen fit to scan or make available these old books. [2014-07-30: But now see update in preface above].