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The Luther Bible of 1534 Hardcover – January 31, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-3822824702 ISBN-10: 3822824704

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  • Hardcover: 1888 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (January 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822824704
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822824702
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 5 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,356,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most elaborate bestseller reprint in recent history has got to be Taschen’s Luther Bible of 1534: Complete Facsimile Edition. The owner of the original copy wanted it to be a precious, unique object, so the 117 woodcuts were illustrated in brilliant colors by a single hand. In a helpful booklet included with the two hardbound volumes, Stephan Fuessel gives a quick history in English of Martin Luther and how he rendered the Bible in vivid, poetical German. ("We do not have to ask about the literal Latin," wrote Luther, "as these asses do.") He also explains what each of the bold blue, green, red, and gold illustrated woodcuts mean. Often Luther had an angry political message: in Revelations, the most wildly illustrated book, the Whore of Babylon is not only riding a terrifying, reptilian seven-headed beast, but wearing the Pope’s crown; the battle of Gog and Magog and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse feature Turks. Imagine the impact these exquisite visions of flaming miracles must have had on people in 1534. Or behold these books and feel it for yourself. --Tim Appelo

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Margret Popp on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly delightful book.

One first delight is to have an integral text of an original Luther Bible.

Luther was the first to clinch the problem of an adequate rendering of the Bible in a living vernacular, as evident from his spectacular mastery of the German language, the written Standard of which he only invented as he went along. He had started with the New Testament published in 1522 and worked another 12 years to complete the entire text, published in the 1534 edition reproduced here. Luther set a most attractive stylistic model, breaking free of inadequate linguistic patterns of the source languages, in favor of a fresh and popular style in the target language. As he rebuked his incompetent critics:

"One must not ask written Latin how one should speak German, as these asses do; rather, one must ask the mother in her house, the children in the alley, the ordinary man in the marketplace, and observe how they speak, and translate accordingly; then they will understand, and they will notice that one is speaking plain German with them."

Since the English Bible corresponding to Luther's in literary importance, the King James Version [KJV] of 1611, with the establishment of English as the world language, went round the world to become its most influential book, a second delight is in the comparison now made possible to a large English speaking audience of their classic Bible with the German text.

Anybody familiar with both the early Modern English Bibles and Luther's German will wonder at their strikingly similar "ring". William Tyndale at his death in 1536 had Englished three fifths of the Bible, Miles Coverdale in 1535 compiled the first complete Bible in Modern English; these works form the basis of the KJV.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justsayno. on July 20, 2005
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This reprint of the original 1534 is a classic, especially if you can read German. Commentary is very interesting and it shows that truth is timeless.

The drawings and the make of it are exceptional.

Would recommend this as a gift to anyone who values something special.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ernesto on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Note: Unlike the copies which the above reviewer has my volumes have no printing/pagination errors.

This two volume set is really quite amazing. I came upon them at a bookstore and didn't know anything like them was available on the market. They are really quite stunning. Firstly, the volumes are rather large and heavy. They are very quick! And they should be. The pages are nice and quick and mirror the browning of the original from which they were copied. The color in the printings however is very bright and crisp. The printing is such high quality capturing even the texture of the original pages. Even if you don't read read German these can still be marveled at as they are pieces of art prima facie.
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