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 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.

Available to order

During 2015 the Australian Lutheran Institute of Theology and Ethics sponsored a project to digitise the visually stunning handcrafted and hand-coloured woodcuts that illustrate key biblical stories. Luther Bible 1551: selected illustrations is available for purchase.

A pack of five Christmas postcards is available for purchase. These reproduce 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.

A pack of six assorted postcards is available for purchase. These postcards reproduce illustrations of classic biblical stories: The Flood, Crossing the Red Sea, Jonah, Ruth, David and Goliath, and David and Bathsheba.