Personalities & Contemporary Witnesses
Read interesting contemporary witness reports and biographies of confidants and opponents of Luther.
Personalities & contemporary witnesses
"Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament first appeared at the autumn edition of the Leipzig Autumn Fair in 1522. The first edition consisted of 3,000 copies and sold out right away. By the end of the first year of publication alone, the twelfth edition was being issued! Incidentally, Luther refused to take any financial benefit. He did not make a single Guilder off of his translation. The Luther Bible also marked the introduction of some new vocabulary into the German language: "Herzenslust" ("the heart’s content"), "Machtwort" ("the absolutely authoritative final word") and "Lückenbüßer" ("the stopgap") are just three examples. After Martin passed away, I set about purchasing as many of his manuscripts as I could find, his Bible Translation among them. When it came to Martin’s writings, he was always rather modest. One time, someone suggested to him that he should publish his complete works. Martin replied that he would rather devour them!."
Born on August 15, 1507 in Dessau
Died on 17 October 1553 Dessau
Called "the godly one"