Fun Facts From Church History: Luther, on the Quran

In 1542 Luther published Brother Richard’s Refutation of the Koran, Translated into German by Dr. M. Luther (Widerlegung des Alkoran Bruder Richardi; verdeutscht dutch Dr. M. Luther) (WA 53, [261] 271–396).

In the preface Luther expressed amazement that the Koran had not been translated into Latin. He went on to say that as recently as Shrove Tuesday 1542 he had seen such a translation for the first time, but that it was a very poor one.

Later that year a new Latin version was published in Basel, but it was banned by the magistrate. Luther urged the lifting of this ban. Cf. Köstlin, Martin Luther, II, 603. — Luther’s Works, vol. 46: The Christian in Society III.

Neat huh!  I would wager most folk wouldn’t even imagine that Luther thought a Latin version of the Quran something desirable, but he did.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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