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An Open Letter on Translating   By: (1483-1546)

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An Open Letter on Translating by Martin Luther provides readers with a fascinating insight into the controversial issues surrounding translation during the Reformation period. This book essentially functions as a manifesto of sorts, as Luther passionately advocates for the importance of translating the Bible into the vernacular language, making it accessible to the common people.

Luther's arguments are well-presented and thought-provoking. He vehemently criticizes the practice of keeping the Bible solely in Latin, arguing that it has become a tool of power for the clergy who use its exclusivity to manipulate and control the masses. The author emphasizes the significance of translating the holy text into the common language of the people, as it allows for a true understanding of the word of God.

Moreover, the book not only touches on the importance of translation but also delves into the mechanics and philosophy behind it. Luther discusses various aspects related to translation, such as the challenges of accurately capturing the original meaning, and the impact of cultural and linguistic differences on interpretation. These reflections provide readers with a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in translating religious texts.

One of the most compelling aspects of this book is Luther's passion for language and the power it holds. He views language as a gift from God that should be cherished and used to communicate divine teachings with the utmost clarity. Luther strives for a translation that captures the essence of the original, while also ensuring that it resonates with the people it is meant to serve.

However, it is important to note that Luther's views on translation and language might seem dated to contemporary readers. The Reformation period differed greatly from our modern context, and certain arguments made may not align with our current understanding of translation theory. Nonetheless, this book still holds considerable value as a historical document, shedding light on an important period when the translation of religious texts underwent a tremendous transformation.

Overall, An Open Letter on Translating by Martin Luther is a compelling read for those interested in the history of translation and the Reformation era. Luther's arguments are presented passionately and clearly, leaving readers with much to ponder. Whether one agrees with his views or not, his ideas remain influential and have undeniably shaped the development of religious translation.

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An Open Letter on Translating

By Dr. Martin Luther, 1483 1546

Translated from: "Sendbrief von Dolmetschen" in Dr. Martin Luthers Werke , (Weimar: Hermann Boehlaus Nachfolger, 1909), Band 30, Teil II, pp. 632 646

by Gary Mann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion/Theology Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois


Wenceslas Link to all believers in Christ:

The wise Solomon says in Proverbs 11: "The people who withhold grain curse him. But there is a blessing on those who sell it." This verse speaks truly concerning all that can serve the common good or the well being of Christendom. This is the reason the master in the gospel reprimands the unfaithful servant like a lazy scoundrel for having hidden and buried his money in the ground. So that this curse of the Lord and the entire Church might be avoided, I must publish this letter which came into my possession through a good friend. I could not withhold it, as there has been much discussion about the translating of the Old and New Testaments. It has been charged by the despisers of truth that the text has been modified and even falsified in many places, which has shocked and startled many simple Christians, even among the educated who do not know any Hebrew or Greek. It is devoutly hoped that with this publication the slander of the godless will be stopped and the scruples of the devout removed, at least in part... Continue reading book >>

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