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Compendium of Positive Theology
by Johann Wilhelm Baier (1647-1695)
Edited by C. F. W. Walther, St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 1877 (Abridged).
The Baier/Walther Compendium served as the systematic theology textbook for the first few generations of Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod pastors. Written in Latin, it is a revised edition of a classic work by the Seventeenth Century Lutheran dogmatian Johannes Baier. This edition contains an english translation of the theses at the head of each chapter. Later editions will offer the full text of the work. Continue reading
Binney’s Theological Compend
By Amos Binney and Daniel Steele
In this doctrines book there are four parts: (1) The evidences of religion. (2) the Doctrines of Christianity. (3) the Morals of Christianity. (4) the institutions of Christianity. Continue reading
- Alexander-Brief Compendium of Bible Truth
A Brief Compendium of Bible Truth,
by Archibald Alexander, D.D., professor in the Theological Seminar at Princeton, New Jersey. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication (1846).
This summary of Christianity’s major doctrines is an excellent resource book for the average reader who don’t want to go to the larger Systematic Theology books. It contains 38 short chapters on various core Bible doctrines. Alexander’s emphasis is on experimental theology, as contrasted to head intellectual theology, therefore his book is intensely practical.
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