Die Bibel: Shaping History

"The first edition of Martin Luther’s New Testament in 1522 was a best seller! It had a print run of 3,000 copies—selling out completely within weeks.

Though his translation of the Bible into German wasn’t the first, it became the translation with the most impact! Luther chose a Saxon dialect understood throughout Germany. He was also the first to consult the original Greek and Hebrew texts when translating the Bible into German. It became the Bible used to teach reading and the German language. Klaus Reichert, former president of the German Academy for Language and Poetry, said: “The Luther Bible is one of the greatest works of German literature of the Renaissance.” A Bible still used in Germany today!

To learn about the Protestant Reformation visit www.museumofthebible.org/reformation."

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