Longest Bible on display in Luther’s Eisenach


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Photo Eisenach municipality

To commemorate the completion of Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament, the German city of Eisenach will display the longest Bible in the world along a pilgrimage trail.

With a length of 1517 metres, a reference to the year 1517, which is considered the birth of the Reformation, the Bible shows 3,333 images. The creator of the folding Bible is the artist Willy Wiedmann (1929-2013), who worked on the book for 16 years. With his work, the artist wanted to make the Bible accessible to everyone, regardless of language.

The pilgrimage route was officially opened on Wednesday and is considered the start of the anniversary year of “500 years of Bible translation”. On May 4, 1521, Martin Luther arrived incognito at the Wartburg. There, he translated the New Testament of the Bible into German in just eleven weeks. The work was subsequently published in the summer of 1522.

The images can now be seen on 331 display boards along the pilgrimage route. The path winds its way from the Reuter Villa to the Elisabethenplan in the forest just below the Wartburg. The display boards are provided with QR codes. They open up video sequences of the Bible passages belonging to the pictures to the visitors via a smartphone. This reports the Christian German magazine PRO.

The pilgrimage is accompanied by an exhibition in the Eisenach City Palace entitled “Eisenach Pilgrim’s Bible - The Longest Bible in the World”. The pilgrimage route lasts until the end of October 2022.



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