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Christian III’s Bible

Place of use unknown.
Printed in Copenhagen in 1550.

It was of decisive importance to Martin Luther that the populace were given the opportunity to have access to the Scriptures in their own language. Christian III’s Bible was the first complete Bible edition in Danish. It was mainly based on a German translation by Luther himself from 1545, and contained 92 woodcuts by the artist Erhard Altdorfer. Of the 3000 copies printed, only 96 are said to have come to Norway, and 46 of these still exist.

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