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German (language code: de; autonym: Deutsch) is spoken by around 90 million people mainly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For details see Wikipedia:German language

German Bible translations

There are plenty of different German Bible translation available. You can classify them roughly into two different categories: More word-by-word translations that try to give the exact meaning of the original text and more thought-by-thought translations that try to make the meaning of the text easily understandable. Unfortunately there is no really copyright-free German Bible translation. Only some very old translations are now public domain (Luther 1912, Elberfelder 1905) but they use archaic language and are not suitable for normal reading.

Neue evangelistische Übersetzung ("NeÜ", "NBH")

Wikipedia article (only in German):
This is a fairly new thought-by-thought translation. It's not the most common and widespread one, but it is definitely recommendable and currently the most "free" German Bible translation: It is available in different Bible apps also for offline use and there are audio recordings of the whole Bible available for download (which is not the case for any other German Bible translation).

It is freely available in the following ways:

Famous word-by-word translations

  • Luther-Übersetzung ("LUT"): Probably Germany's most famous translation. Used in many Protestant churches in the revision from 1984. But the language is kind of archaic and sounds weird to those who didn't grow up with it.
  • Elberfelder Übersetzung ("ELB"): Considered to be the most accurate German translation and for that reason fairly common. But because of that it's hard to really grasp the meaning of some passages.
  • Schlachter

Other famous thought-by-thought translations

Jesus Film

Available training resources in German

Besides, this German website provides many good German training resources: