Low German Bible finds home at AMBS

A Low German Bible published in 1599–1600 has been added to the AMBS Library's collection. (AMBS photo)

A Low German Bible published in 1599–1600 has been added to the AMBS Library's collection. (AMBS photo)

The AMBS Library recently received a donation of a Low German Bible published in 1599–1600. Now housed in the Library Special Collections Room, it fills a gap in the Library’s extensive Studer Bible Collection, which lacked a historic Low German Bible, according to Karl Stutzman, Director of Library Services.

A translation of Martin Luther’s High German Bible, the AMBS copy is bound in leather with decorative brass corners and leather clasps. A former owner, Fr. Jensen, hand-copied missing text out of a 1621 Low German Bible and bound it in at the end. The donor, a retired German professor, was raised in a Mennonite community and thought it fitting to give this Bible to a Mennonite library, Stutzman said. He noted that AMBS students will have the opportunity to use this Bible as they learn about the history of Bible translations.

The public can view the Bible by appointment. Contact Stutzman at 574-296-6280 or [email protected].

—AMBS release