Martin Luther Bible

Martin Luther Bible
This Bible is a 1733 reprint of the Bible translated by Martin Luther in 1522 (Burger). It contains impressive illustrations throughout the text as well as various handwritten notes from a previous owner(s) showing the importance of the book as a guide for personal and/or family spirituality.

Martin Luther was a German religious leader and church reformer who was the inspiration for the creation of the Lutheran faith. Disgusted with the use of indulgences (requiring payment to church leadership for the remission of sins) Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. This act brought much controversy to Luther's name and he was eventually excommunicated from the Church for his perceived heresy (Smith).

However, Luther's teachings gained a great following among Christians as he taught a gospel centered on the Bible and redemption through faith in Jesus Christ. He subsequently translated the Bible from Latin into German so that the Word would be out of the control of corrupt leadership and into the hands of the common person.
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Burger, C. 2014. "Luther's Thought Took Shape in Translation of Scripture and Hymns", in The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology. Oxford University Press.

Smith, Ronald F. 2020. “Martin Luther.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia.
Date Created
1733 AD
Martin Luther
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
18th Century
Collecting Areas
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