Pages from History: 21 September, 1522: Martin Luther publishes the New Testament in German

Martin Luther Bible

Martin Luther Bible

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.

Martin Luther translates the Bible into German.

Martin Luther translates the Bible into German.

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