One of Martin Luther’s greatest achievements was undoubtedly the German Bible, bringing to a nation of many dialects, one modern language.
Sequestered for his own safety under dire conditions, Luther translated the New Testament in just 11 weeks, followed in later years by his translation of the Old Testament.
It was Luther’s desire that his translation reflect a “spoken” language as opposed to a more formal “written” German.
He said: “We must ask the mother in the home, the children on the street, the common man. . .guided by their first language. . .and do our translating accordingly.”
Luther’s German Bible became the 16th-century-equivalent of a best seller as people picked up its phrasing and its language in their everyday speech!
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