Martin Luther's Hymns of the Reformation

Of the thirty-six hymns and chants attributed to the pen of Martin Luther, one that’s sung the world over is "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott"—“A Mighty Fortress is our God!" Based on Psalm 46, it was popular in Protestant Europe. Luther’s hymns brought life to the churches of the Reformation, to German national identity, and to the German language.

Eighteenth century English poet and theologian Samuel Taylor Coleridge said: “Luther’s hymns are known by heart by every peasant; they advise, they argue from the hymns and every soul in the church praises God like a Christian, with words which are natural and yet sacred in his mind.”

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

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