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Our November edition of the newsletter coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Actual date, October 31st but celebrated on Sunday, October 29th). Today, we remember an event that forever changed the church and forever changed the world. Everyone, regardless of whether or not they are Lutheran, Protestant or even religious should take pause and ponder the ongoing results of this movement. Our Traveling Luther and map of his journey is up for us to enjoy. The two copies of Martin Marty's new book, October 31, 1517, have been borrowed and read by several people and the response has been positive. If you haven't taken a copy home to read, I encourage you to do so as soon as one is available. Also, the two copies of The Reformation, by Cameron MacKenzie, from Concordia Publishing House have arrived and are available to be signed out to be read. This book is more historical, more in depth and has many pictures. It is for those who would really like to delve into the history of the Reformation. I would encourage you to borrow a copy only if you have the time to read it efficiently, since I know there are many who would like to read it and we don't want them waiting too long to have their chance.

I also have a copy of the Biblia Germanica, also referred to as The Luther Bible (1545 edition). Luther initially translated the Greek New Testament into German in 1522 and in 1534, he completed translating the Old Testament from Hebrew into German. With help from other reformers, Luther completed a better translation of both Testaments in 1545, the year prior to Luther's death. Although there had been other German translations of the Bible, Luther's 1545 edition was the best and most influential. Luther would often visit the market places to listen to how everyday people spoke so that he could choose words that would speak to them in a way they would understand when they read his translation. The Germanic people spoke several different dialects of German, but Luther's German Bible became the standard for German language and the development of what became known as modem German.

This edition is an exact replica of Luther's 1545 Bible, with the only change being the addition of an afterward by the publisher. I am not loaning this out because it is of no use if you do not read German. However, it is interesting to see the workmanship and intricacies that went into one of the first Bibles to be mass produced by the printing press. Also, it includes numerous "woodcuts" or pictures. The idea of including pictures was becoming a popular method of reinforcing the text. I am sure you will enjoy perusing and pondering these works of art.

Grace and Peace,