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Martin Luther, alias Junker Jörg, lived in Wartburg Castle in Eisenach between May 4, 1521, and March 1, 1522. Here, he embarked on what was probably one of his biggest projects: translating the Bible from Greek into German, based on the second edition of Erasmus’ New Testament. It took him less than three months to complete this daunting task.
In 2017, LutherCountry celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 2021 and 2022, LutherCountry will celebrate another two anniversaries: 500 years since the translation of the Bible, and 500 years since Luther refused to recant at the Diet of Worms.
Thanks to Martin Luther’s commitment and effort in producing a communicative translation of the Bible (easy to understand, using unambiguous terms), the New Testament became accessible to German-speaking believers at large in 1522. To commemorate these important points in Luther’s life, Eisenach and Lutherstadt Wittenberg have once again joined forces with Worms to organize a series of related exhibitions, events and other activities throughout 2021 and 2022.
These include “Luthers Ankunft – Alltag auf der Wartburg ” (Luther at Wartburg Castle – his everyday life), a special exhibition right where he worked then, and a new edition of the Wittenberger Tage “macht Worte! ”, a publication on the expressiveness of the German language that collates talks, workshops, church services, and much more.