[German New Testament].
Das Newe Testament deutzsch.
Translated by Martin Luther.
Wittenberg: Melchior Lotter, 1522.
Although Martin Luther (1483–1546) was not the first to translate the Bible into German, he was the first to translate the text from the original languages. First printed at Wittenberg in September 1522, Luther’s German New Testament is considered a philological monument as well as a literary masterpiece that exerted enormous influence on the development of modern German. This second edition, known as the “Dezembertestament,” is the earliest publication in Bridwell Library’s extensive collection of Protestant Bibles.