Luther Bible 1551 edition

Löhe Memorial Library is privileged to own a 1551 edition of the 'Luther Bible'. It is a priceless heirloom of the Reformation, brought to Australia as a treasured family possession by German immigrants in the nineteenth century and was presented to the Immanuel Seminary, a forerunner of ALC, by J.E. Kotzur in 1954.

The Luther Bible is an early printed work, published in Wittenberg in Germany in 1551. It was produced in the workshop of Hans Lufft, the town printer, who printed most of Luther’s works. The particular beauty of the Luther Bible is in its illustrations which are hand-painted woodcuts. The 1551 edition has a total of 172 in-text and two full page illustrations. The rich colours of the woodcuts have survived since they have been kept out of the light in a closed book for the last 450 years.

Luther Bible illustrations

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the full set of 174 hand-coloured images from the Löhe Memorial Library’s 1551 Luther Bible has been prepared as a digital resource available for study by scholars and interested Lutherans around the world.

A limited number of images are available now. The remainder will be added progressively.

For researchers, students and organisations who wish to have access to a high resolution version of one or more images without the protective watermark, access for academic non-commercial purposes is available by filling out an application and on payment of a small copyright fee.

Luther Bible 1551: Title pageBefore you pay for an image download, request permission to use the image via our online application form:

Luther Bible image application

Preview samples of all available images and, after you have received your approval code, pay the copyright fee for your selected image(s) on the ALC Payments website:

Luther Bible 1551 images

Luther Bible products

Cover of Luther Bible 1551: Selected imagesLuther Bible 1551: selected illustrations contains 23 reproductions from the 1551 Luther Bible including the title page. Commentary is provided for each image.

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Luther Bible 1551: selected illustrations

Luther Bible 1551: Prophecy of MicahLuther Bible 1551: Pack of 5 Christmas postcards (single image) reproduces Hans Brosamer’s illustration of the prophecy of Micah concerning the Messiah. The artist draws on the gospels of Matthew and Luke for the details of the Christmas story.

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Luther Bible 1551: pack of 5 Christmas postcards (single image)

Luther Bible 1551: JonahLuther Bible 1551: Pack of 6 assorted postcards reproduces illustrations of classic biblical stories: The Flood, Crossing the Red Sea, Jonah, Ruth, David and Goliath, and David and Bathsheba.

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Luther Bible 1551: pack of 6 assorted postcards