Again, who was Ernst Eckhardt? He was better known for his greater work, his "Reallexicon" which was a massive index (8 volumes, Google Books, HathiTrust) of almost all of old Missouri writings and teachings, also for the Synodical Conference. I still wonder why Concordia Publishing was not the publisher of Eckhardt's greater work (Success Printing, St. Louis??). Hmmm... Eckhardt's lament of
"How dissatisfactory, how small and low our work appears to us!"reminds me of the wonderful remark of Pastor Mark Zarling of the Wisconsin Synod who said the following to preface his essay "Stand in Awe of Justification":
"It is not without some trepidation that this paper is presented. I certainly must confess, 'Who is sufficient for these things?"Somewhere the later Prof. Theodore Graebner scoffed at Eckhardt's indexing work, but we see now that "Graebner's scorn" becomes Eckhardt's praise. How so? Because Eckhardt "found on all pages delightful pearls and diamonds", spiritual gems. — In a private response to my blog about 3 years ago, an ELCA pastor called me the derogatory term "Franzie baby"! May I continue to earn that term from all of "Lutheran" pastors of the ELCA today... just as Ernst Eckhardt earned the scorn of Theodore Graebner because Eckhardt was quite sufficient for his wonderful "roadmap" to old Missouri, and to "the life work of the dogmatist of the Missouri Synod"... Franz Pieper! —
Now what did I find in Eckhardt's Index of Pieper that was omitted in the English version published in 1957? See the next Part 3...