DID MARTIN LUTHER ACTUALLY TRANSLATE THE NEW TESTAMENT INTO GERMAN?
by Church Militant • ChurchMilitant.com • July 22, 2017
There were at least 26 German translations of the Bible available in Germany before Luther’s version
By Timothy Lang
The “Legend of Martin Luther” claims that he translated the Bible into German so that the German people would have the Holy Scriptures in their native language. This 10-week effort is often portrayed as his finest achievement. The “Legend” would also have us believe that he was an incredibly brilliant scholar and theologian, and that he was gifted in Greek, Hebrew, the Classics, the writings of the Early Church Fathers, etc., etc. However, the facts are that there were at least 26 German translations available in Germany before Luther’s. That these other German Bibles were already available is not part of the Luther Legend.