I've been looking specifically for a PDF version of the Martin Luther 1534 translation of the Bible with a Parallel English translation (preferably KJV, but any edition will do). I've been hitting a serious brick wall in finding any such composition. Does such a creature exist?

I have a Crossway hard copy edition, but the Martin Luther translation is a revised edition and of course it's physical - I need a PDF for portability and markup purposes (using Liquid Text for markup and note taking): Genesis

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    I cannot help with your request but I would be very interested in an English translation of Luther's bible, myself.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 13:43
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    This would be better suited at Stack Overflow; basically, just find a simple text version of both Bibles (if you already have biblical software installed, just use the menu to save each as such), and create a banal computer program to interleave them, verse by verse; then convert the result to PDF, using a (free) application of your choice, or simply create one of your own. And voila !
    – user46876
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 9:35
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    I am looking for a PDF scan of the original 1534 Martin Luther German Bible too. Did you ever have any success in finding this?
    – P Ryan
    Commented Sep 8, 2021 at 17:05
  • @PRyan would love to find a good PDF too. Only able to buy a printed copy, which is not grep'able and very difficult to find things obviously.
    – ylluminate
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 23:52

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The Crossway ESV German/English Parallel Bible (2018) seems to use the Luther 2017 German text "recently revised by a team of 70 experts and biblical scholars", not the original 1534 text. See this article to learn about the 2017 translation's goals and how the team (led by Christoph Kähler) tries to balance between original texts found since Luther's time AND Luther's classic formulation and sound (for liturgical use, such as the formality people expect and the Psalm's singability).

Archive.org has a scan of the 1535 edition, whose text maybe is close enough to the 1534 edition. In addition, I found 2 other versions that are a lot closer for digitizing purposes. The Logos version is fully digitized (and even has reverse interlinear) so by virtue of the software you can display it side by side with any English version.

A modern facsimile reproduction of the 1534 version, including the full-color artwork from the 117 original woodcut illustrations, can be purchased from the Biblical Heritage Exhibit Facsimile Bible Collections.

There is also a 1534 version published by German luxury art book publisher Taschen in 2003 edited by Stephan Füssel available here.

Archive.org (Google books scan)

Archive.org has a Google Books scan of the 1535 edition of the German Luther translation with a freely downloadable PDF (warning, very large file, 759 MB). But although the scan quality is very high and complete, it understandably uses the old German fonts that is rather hard to read.

It includes an 8 page introduction, deuterocanonical books, illustrations, 10 pages of what looks like a topical index, and 28 pages of chapter summaries.

Unbound Project

CCEL (Christian Classics Ethereal Library) has an undated German Luther Translation available for online reading or for PDF download. Unfortunately, the only remarks is as follows:

This Bible translation was converted automatically from data files made available by the Unbound Bible project. Book names, introductions, titles, paragraphs, and the like were not available, so standard English names have been used. Therefore this file would benefit from additional work by someone who has access to a print edition.

I could not find the original from the now discontinued Biola University's Unbound Bible Project.

Logos edition

Logos Bible Software has created a digital version of the Luther Bible which they call Die Bibel nach Martin Luther (Luther 1984). It says:

The most important and influential of translations of the Bible into German is the Luther Bible. The influence that Martin Luther's translation had on the development of the German language is often compared to the influence the King James Version had on English. The Luther Bible is currently used in this revised version from 1984, which was adapted to the new German orthography in 1999. Despite the revisions, the language is still somewhat archaic and difficult for non-native speakers who want to learn the German language using a German translation of the Bible. This classic German translation of the Bible includes the apocrypha.

Logos.com said that it's the first German bible for which they have created a "reverse interlinear" feature", which can be purchased here.


If you are looking for a free digital (non-pdf) solution, The Sword Project allows for multiple Bibles to be viewed at once, and does include as one of its available Bibles:

German Luther Übersetzung von 1545 (moderne Rechtschreibung)

Unfortunately, depending on your needs, this version includes modern German spellings, and appears to be an edition a few years later. Additionally, while it is not in PDF, it should be accessible on a variety of platforms.

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    I'm afraid this is not helpful. I'm sure the OP knows later versions are available, and I'm quite sure one an be found in PDF form at archive.org, for example. At minimum we need to find a PDF of a near-original version for a useful but unsatisfactory answer.
    – Bit Chaser
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 18:38
  • There is a pdf file of a Luther bible here: archive.org/details/GermanBibleLutherTranslationVersion . If you want to include that and the online text at ccel, I will upvote your answer. It is not clear exactly which version this is. It comes from unbound bible, so they may have additional information. While unsatisfactory, this may be helpful. I hope someone can eventually find the parallel version asked for.
    – Bit Chaser
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 19:16

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