A piece of history, yet still accessible
I should note that I am a lifelong Lutheran and Martin Luther is one of my personal heroes, despite his numerous and many flaws.
An Open Letter on Translating is a September, 1530 letter to Luther's critics concerning his translation of the Bible from Latin into German. This was very controversial at the time and it led to a lot of disagreement (even wars) over who should be allowed to read the Bible and who should interpret its meaning.
|Martin Luther (1483-1546)|
What is perhaps most amazing is that this document is amazingly readable for anyone conversant with the issues of the Reformation, even though it is nearly 500 years old. His irreverent style won over many of the common folks of his day and made him the Western world's first international bestselling authors.
The letter veers off topic towards the end and meanders into a general criticism of indulgences and entreaties to saints which is why I only give it 4 stars.
It can be found on Amazon.com here: An Open Letter on Translating by Martin Luther.