Rare German Bibles
July 2018 - October 2018

Considered a milestone in both advancing the science of translation and the standardization of High German, the Luther Bibles were instrumental in promulgating the Protestant Reformations of the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Building on the work of Erasmus and other Christian Humanists, Martin Luther, with the assistance of Philip Melanchthon and others, translated the Apocrypha and the Old and New Testaments from their original Hebrew and Greek texts while retaining elements of the canonical Latin Vulgate. The resulting translation emphasized the primacy of sola fida (Der Glube allein gengüt) in a fashion understandable to German-speaking peoples.

The Luther Bibles on display are part of Forsyth Library’s Special Collections.


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