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To: thomaswest
Martin Luther went on to be the first man to print the Bible in the German language.

Actually, the first printed German bible came out in 1466 - the Mentel Bible, which went through 18 editions until Luther's superseded it in 1522.

Dozens more versions appeared in the decades after.

Luther's claim to fame was that his captured the hearts of so many of his countrymen, becoming interwoven into the language itself and its idioms.

36 posted on 08/30/2006 4:52:20 PM PDT by The Iguana
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To: The Iguana
Re 36: Dozens more versions appeared in the decades after.

You are entirely correct. In fact, just in English it is hard to count the number of translations and versions. Some sites show how these different versions differ:

http://www.av1611.org/biblecom.html http://www.cob-net.org/compare.htm http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/scriptures/ http://www.geocities.com/bible_translation/compare.htm

Because of these differences and contradictions, any claim as to being "the Word of God" rather silly.

42 posted on 08/30/2006 8:57:40 PM PDT by thomaswest (Just curious.)
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To: The Iguana
Luther can claim to be the genius of the modern German language. His form of middle German became the standard. In the absence of political unity, it was he who may have kept platt Deutch and hoch Deutsch from becoming separate languages.
43 posted on 08/30/2006 9:51:29 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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