21 September, 1522: Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament is published. Luther’s translated the Bible into the vernacular German language making it more accessible to ordinary people. The Luther Bible was not the first German Bible translation, but it was the most influential having a tremendous political impact on the church and on German culture. Luther even had large-print Bibles made for those who had failing eyesight.
The translation also furthered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation of the English King James Bible.