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Luther Bible 1551 edition
15 October 2015

Löhe Memorial Library is privileged to own a 1551 edition of the Luther Bible. During 2015 the Australian Lutheran Institute of Theology and Ethics sponsored a project to digitise the visually stunning handcrafted and hand-coloured woodcuts in the Bible that illustrate key biblical stories.

Luther Bible 1551: selected illustrations is now available for purchase at the Synod Special price ($49.95) for a limited time.

The “Luther Bible” 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. It 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.

A pack of five Christmas postcards is also 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 too. These postcards reproduce illustrations of classic biblical stories: The Flood, Crossing the Red Sea, Jonah, Ruth, David and Goliath, and David and Bathsheba.

How to order

Follow the links below to order online and pay by credit card or debit card on the ALC Payments site:

 For other payment methods, please contact ALC on 1800 625 193 (or +61 8 8267 7300 for international callers).