Thuringia celebrates 500 years of Martin Luther’s Bible translation, Evangelical Focus

The German state of Thuringia is commemorating church reformer Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible 500 years ago with a year of festivities.

The focus is on Eisenach, or Luther translated the New Testament in German in just eleven weeks during his stay at Wartburg Castle between 1521 and 1522.

The reformer stayed there after his abduction on behalf of the Saxon elector, after being declared an outlaw by the Diet of Worms because of his 95 theses and opinions. His translation was first published in Wittenberg in 1522.

October 31, Reformation Day, the year of the festival was officially opened under the motto translate the worldin the presence of Minister-President Bodo Ramelow, Lord Mayor of Eisenach Katja Wolf and District Superintendent of the Protestant Church of Eisenach-Gerstungen, Ralf-Peter Fuchs.

Luther laid the foundations of the written German languagesaid Ramelow, adding that the theme year follows a “very successful Reformation anniversary”.

According to Dr. Franz Hofmann, Managing Director of Thüringer Tourismus (TTG), “Translation has shaped history and left striking traces, especially in Thuringia. the the focus of the thematic year is So also on its influence on speech, music and image and therefore also the constant transformations up to the present day”.

To start the thematic year, the museums of Eisenach invited visitors to a long night. Many guests took advantage of the mild weather to stroll through the illuminated institutions in the evening.

Martina Maaß, Marketing Manager of TTG, said they hope for more than ten million overnight stays in Thuringia throughout the thematic year.

In 2022, the Thuringian Bach Weeks will also present various projects that directly or indirectly pay homage to the anniversary of Luther’s translation of the Bible at Wartburg Castle.

The reformer went to school in Eisenach. Sebastian Bach was born there and attended the same school as Luther. Both received their first music lessons here and sang in the choir of the Georgenkirche. Luther later wrote 35 hymns, and he often wrote the melodies.

Cranach the Elder is considered an important painter of the German Reformation who, in addition to producing numerous portraits of Luther and paintings of prominent figures, also illustrated the writings of the Reformation with his prints.

From spring 2022, visitors will once again be able to experience the historic main building of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library. There will also be an exhibition on Lucas Cranach and Reformation art, as well as changing displays of the library’s collections.

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Barry F. Howard