Building peace in the minds of men and women

Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522. © Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

Documents representing the beginning and the early development of the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther

Registration year: 2015
Submission year: 
2014
Collection ID: 
2014-18

The documents recommended here represent the beginning and the early development of the Reformation that Martin Luther initiated and that spread from Wittenberg far beyond the German empire of his time and well beyond his own epoch.  They document how a religious, ecclesiastical impetus exerted its critical power; directing this force toward the revision of traditional positions, and how it gradually developed into larger societal and political phenomenon which made an impact throughout the world.  The selected writings make clear what “Reformation” in this case means.  “Reformation” stands for the many aspects of this process of transformation which, based upon the question of the relationship of the human being with God, determined and altered all levels and elements of society and human life – religion, politics, society, culture.

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Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522. © Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522. Copy held by the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, Shelfmark: Bibel-S. 4° 257
© Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

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Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522. © Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522.
© Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

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Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522. © Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522.
© Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

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A single-leaf print of the Ninety-Five Theses on the validity of indulgence’ by Martin Luther, printed in Nuremberg by Hieronymus Hoeltzel before the end of 1517. © Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
A single-leaf print of the Ninety-Five Theses on the validity of indulgence’ by Martin Luther, printed in Nuremberg by Hieronymus Hoeltzel before the end of 1517.
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

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Autograph letter from Martin Luther to Emperor Charles V, written on April 28th, 1521. First page. © Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten
Autograph letter from Martin Luther to Emperor Charles V, written on April 28th, 1521. First page.
© Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten

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Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522. © Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament. First edition, the so-called Septembertestament, printed in Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, September 1522.
© Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
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