ctober 31, 2017 marked a milestone of ministry that began in 1517 when a young priest in preparation, Martin Luther, nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Roman church in Wittenberg, Germany. To commemorate this most significant event, the Biblical Heritage Exhibit prepared this stunning 2 volume, full-color Collector’s Edition, bound in genuine calfskin leather, with the reformation logo embossed in gold foil and resting in a matching slipcase.
These beautifully bound 2 volume sets are made available in both octavo and folio sizes. Also available to enhance your presentation display is a variety of commemorative accompaniments. The rich history of the production and preservation of the Scriptures in the German language is well documented throughout the reformation and is now vividly depicted in these pages.
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The translation of the entire Bible into German was published in a six-part edition in 1534. It was the collaborative effort of several reformers including Johannes Bugenhagen, Justus Jonas, Caspar Creuziger, Philipp Melanchthon, Matthäus Aurogallus, and Georg Rörer.
Luther's goal was to equip every German-speaking Christian with the ability to hear the Word of God, and completing his translation of the Old and New Testaments from Hebrew and Greek into the vernacular by 1534 was one of the most significant acts of the Reformation.
There were 117 original woodcuts included in the 1534 edition issued by the Hans Lufft press in Wittenberg. The original artwork in full color was completed by the Lucas Cranach workshop. The artist renderings were equally as eye opening as the vernacular text revealing the Great Whore of Babylon riding a seven headed beast while wearing the papal crown, or the four horsemen of the apocalypse following a Turkish soldier! The full color ornamentation, gold detail and illustration so enhance the powerful presentation of the complete German translation, Received Text Bible.
The Biblical Heritage Exhibit produces only the finest of facsimiles. We never produce page on page copies. Our relationships with museums and collectors have allowed us access to many rare, original texts and digital images. Our skilled technicians, using state of the art equipment, painstakingly scan and digitize these original manuscripts.
All of our facsimiles are bound in genuine leather. We use cotton rag paper with a linen finish, closely representative of the paper used when producing the originals themselves. Many of our facsimiles feature enhancements such as custom marbling, foil embossing, raised bands, debossing, and slipcases.