Exibitions

The Bible Museum presents changing special exhibitions in an annual cycle, so that new facets of the Bible can always be explored.

These include the Easter exhibition in spring and the Christmas exhibition in winter. The special exhibitions in summer take on special themes of the Bible and additionally illuminate them with an exhibition catalogue published by LIT Verlag.

Exhibition poster Christmas 2022
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 Exhibition poster “that one speaks German with them” 500 Years of the Luther Bible
Exhibition poster “that one speaks German with them” 500 Years of the Luther Bible
© Bibelmuseum Münster

Currently on view is the exhibition “that one speaks German with them” 500 Years of the Luther Bible

From 3 May to 13 November 2022

The exhibition deals with Luther's translation of the Bible in six thematic areas.

  • Original languages and translation: The Bible was translated into various ancient languages early on. The reconstruction of the original text began in the 16th century with Erasmus of Rotterdam and continues today at the Institute for New Testament Text Research (INTF).
  • History of printing: Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1400-1468) invents the printing press and prints the Latin Bible in 1452/54. This media revolution is a major factor in the success of the Reformation.
  • Pre-Lutheran Bible translation: Before Luther published his Bible translation, there were already 18 printed Bibles in German. Nevertheless, Luther's translation remains a groundbreaking innovation.
  • Luther 1517-1546: The work of Martin Luther as a reformer from the publication of the 95 Theses to his death in 1546 is examined.
  • Plagiarism?: Luther's translation of the Bible changed the way the Bible was used. There were not only new translations on the Reformation side. So-called Catholic Counter-Bibles were also published on the Catholic side.
  • Luther today: Luther is one of the most important persons in German history. Therefore, his life and work are still taken up and received today.