Luther Bible of 1534

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Martin Luther’s Bible, first printed in 1534, was not only a milestone for the printing press, but also a momentous event in world history. A UNESCO world heritage masterpiece, Luther’s translation from Hebrew and ancient Greek into German made the Bible accessible to laypeople and gave printed reference to a whole new branch of Christian faith: Protestantism. In this meticulous two-volume reprint, TASCHEN presents a complete facsimile of the Luther Bible. Based on a precious copy of the original and printed in color, it reveals the multilayered splendor of this publication, showcasing the meticulous script, elaborate initials, and exquisite color woodcuts from the workshop of Lucas Cranach. In an accompanying booklet, Stephan Füssel, director of the Institute for Book Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, adds his expertise to the publication with detailed descriptions of the illustrations, as well as an introduction exploring Luther’s life and the seismic significance of his bible.

During this time, he labored tirelessly on his translation of the New Testament. The translation of the entire Bible into German was published in a six-part edition in 1534. Thefirst Bible for the people Martin Luther's Bible, first printed in 1534, was not only the first complete German publication of the Bible but also a major eventin the history of Christianity.

Title Page. After publishing the September and December 1522 translations of the New Testament, Luther began work on a translation of the Old Testament.