Second Edition of Luther’s Complete Bible

German Bible.
Biblia, das ist, die gantze Heilige Schrifft deudsch.
Wittenberg: Hans Lufft, 1535. (Prothro B-234)

The first edition of Luther’s translation of the complete German Bible, published at Wittenberg in 1534, enjoyed immediate success and further promoted the Protestant movement. Luther did not simply reprint the biblical texts that had appeared separately since 1522, but organized a commission of scholars in Wittenberg to revise the entire Bible with the intention of clarifying and improving the German language when necessary. Following the publication of this new translation, Luther continued to revise the text until his death in 1546. This second edition of 1535 includes numerous woodcuts by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515–1586), some of which bear sixteenth-century hand coloring.

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Second Edition of Luther’s Complete Bible