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140,000 visitors to the Bible Translation Exhibition

140,000 visitors to the Bible Translation Exhibition

The leaves of the trees in the Wartburg near Eisenach are turning into autumn. photo:

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Thuringia dedicated a commemorative year to Luther’s translation of the Bible 500 years ago in Wartburg. There were many events, especially in Eisenach, where the finals will be held at the weekend.

500 years after Luther translated the Bible at the Wartburg near Eisenach, more than 140,000 people viewed a special exhibition on display at the actual location. The interest continues, said Franziska Nentvig, Burgauptmann of the Wartburg, at the request. “So we’ll let it run until early January.”

“Luther translated. The “On the Power of Speech” exhibition, which pays tribute to the linguistic achievements of church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) and draws parallels with the present, was originally scheduled to end on November 6. The show is part of the Turingian themed year “Translating the World”, which opened a year ago to commemorate a world historical event. The final will be in Eisenach at the weekend.

In 1521/22, Luther translated the New Testament from Greek into German in just eleven weeks, thereby laying the foundation for a uniform written German language. Nentvig was pleased with the response to the theme year. The events were able to stimulate thinking about language. “It was very exciting.” Meanwhile, the number of visitors to the Wartburg also showed that tourism in Thuringia has not yet recovered from the coronavirus crisis. Luther’s house in Eisenach, next to the Wartburg, the most important museum of Luther’s work in Thuringia, continues to feel that way, according to its director Jochen Birkenmeier.

“Group bus trips are still lagging behind pre-coronavirus levels, and foreign guests are not returning to the same extent as pre-coronavirus,” Birkenmeier said. As can also be seen in the Wartburg, the museum was mainly visited by individual tourists, families and school groups from the region, whose updated permanent exhibition “Luther and the Bible” was seen by 10,000 visitors between May and September.

This number does not include visitors to a special exhibit by the anti-Semitic Dejudaization Institute, which the Protestant Church sought to eradicate any Jewish influence on Christianity and the Bible. It was originally supposed to run until the end of the year, but has now been extended until the end of 2023 due to strong visitor interest.

Theme Year “Translating the World”


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