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Rare Leaf from Martin Luther’s Bible of 1545 – Containing a Portion of the Book of Exodus

A LEAF FROM MARTIN LUTHER’S BIBLE (known as the Luther Bible) – This item is a leaf (page) containing a portion of 2 Mose (Exodus) 30:11-38 and 31:1-11 (Luther Bibel 1545 (LUTH1545)), part of the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses), being page 103 from the 1545 edition, the very last translation overseen by Luther himself, dying less than a year later.  The leaf is presented in a gold frame, matted and glazed, OS: 20 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.  The beautiful artifact is carefully housed under archival glass.

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  • A LEAF FROM MARTIN LUTHER’S BIBLE (known as the Luther Bible) – This item is a leaf (page) containing a portion of 2 Mose (Exodus) 30:11-38 and 31:1-11 (Luther Bibel 1545 (LUTH1545)), part of the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses), being page 103 from the 1545 edition, the very last translation overseen by Luther himself, dying less than a year later.  The leaf is presented in a gold frame, matted and glazed, OS: 20 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.  The beautiful artifact is carefully housed under archival glass.

    This item is an original leaf from the Luther Bible printed in 1545, almost 500 years old.  The page is very well preserved.  Shows toning appropriate with age.  Leaf was acquired from a private estate collection in auction.

    The Luther Bible is a German language Bible translation from Hebrew and ancient Greek by Martin Luther. The New Testament was first published in 1522 and the complete Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha, in 1534.  Luther’s Bible is largely considered the most influential translation of scripture, having international significance in the spread of Christianity. Luther’s translation influenced the English translations by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale who in turn inspired many other translations of the Bible such as the Bishops’ Bible of 1568, the Douay–Rheims Bible of 1582–1609, and the King James Version of 1611.

    Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Late Medieval Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He proposed an academic discussion of the power and usefulness of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.

    Luther taught that salvation and subsequently eternal life is not earned by good deeds but is received only as a free gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority and office of the Pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with these, and all of Luther’s wider teachings, are called Lutherans even though Luther insisted on Christian or Evangelical as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ.

    His translation of the Bible into the vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, which had a tremendous impact on the church and German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the writing of an English translation, the Tyndale Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant clergy to marry.

    English Translation of page 103 (facing framed page) of leaf:

    Exodus 30

    11 The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “When you take a [l]census of the sons of Israel [m]to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for [n]himself to the Lord, when you [o]number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you [p]number them. 13 This is what everyone who [q]is numbered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a [r]contribution to the Lord. 14 Everyone who [s]is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the [t]contribution to the Lord. 15 The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the [u]contribution to the Lord to make atonement for [v]yourselves. 16 You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for [w]yourselves.”

    17 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “You shall also make a laver of [x]bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. 19 Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; 20 when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the Lord. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for [y]Aaron and his [z]descendants throughout their generations.”

    22 Moreover, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty, 24 and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. 25 You shall make [aa]of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. 26 With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand. 29 You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy. 30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. 31 You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. 32 It shall not be poured on [ab]anyone’s body, nor shall you make any like it in [ac]the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you. 33 Whoever shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a [ad]layman [ae]shall be cut off from his people.’”

    34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. 35 With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. 36 You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you. 37 The incense which you shall make, you shall not make in [af]the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the Lord. 38 Whoever shall make any like it, to [ag]use as perfume, [ah]shall be cut off from his people.”

    Exodus 31

    1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of [a]craftsmanship, 4 to [b]make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in [c]bronze, 5 and in the cutting of stones [d]for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of [e]craftsmanship. 6 And behold, I Myself have [f]appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are [g]skillful I have put [h]skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the [i]mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, 8 the table also and its [j]utensils, and the pure gold lampstand with all its [k]utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering also with all its [l]utensils, and the laver and its stand, 10 the [m]woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, with which to [n]carry on their priesthood; 11 the anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.”

  • Weight

    8lb.

    Height

    20.5"

    Width

    16.75"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    8lb.

    Height

    20.5"

    Width

    16.75"

    Depth

    1"

    Date

    16th Century

    Medium

    Print

    Origin

    Egypt, Germany, Israel

    Other

    Matted

    Subject

    Religious

    Support

    Paper

    Title

    “A LEAF FROM LUTHER’S BIBLE”

    Artist / Maker

    Martin Luther

    Frame

    Yes

    Kind

    Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts, Collectibles, Memorabilia, Religious Objects and Relics