Weimar edition of Martin Luther's works

Various books of the Weimarer Ausgabe

The Weimar edition of Luther's works, also known as the Weimarer Ausgabe (WA), is a critical complete edition of all writings of Martin Luther and his verbal statements, in Latin and German. But Weimarer Ausgabe is a nickname, the official title of this edition is D. Martin Luthers Werke: kritische Gesammtausgabe. Also included are Luther's Table Talk, Letters and Bible Translation. Abt. 1 Werke – Abt. 2 Tischreden – Abt. 3 Die deutsche Bibel – Abt. 4 Briefe. The publisher was Hermann Böhlau of Weimar and Gothic rather than Roman type was used, even in the later volumes. Imprint varies; later vols. publ. by H. Böhlaus Nachfolger. The three subseries Tischreden; Die deutsche Bibel; Briefwechsel, are numbered separately. Over the 120 years many editors have collaborated to prepare the contents, which have not been published in exact chronological order. Spine title: Luthers Werke


The editorial work on the WA began in 1883, on Luther's 400th birthday. The work was completed in 2009[1] in 121 volumes in quarto format with ca. 80,000 pages. It was undertaken under the direction of a commission appointed by the Prussian Ministry of Education: a supervisory role was continued by the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften after the demise of the government of Prussia.

The WA is divided into:

For all four series subject indexes are provided and the Weimarer Ausgabe is also available online. The Weimarer Ausgabe is a comprehensive edition of all works by Martin Luther. So it is the only existing edition with all the works of Martin Luther since all other editions are in some way incomplete. Editors of the edition have included Rudolf Hermann and Gerhard Ebeling.

Writings or works

Table talk

Nr. 1–656: Veit Dietrichs Nachschriften
Nr. 657–684: Nachschriften Nikolaus Medlers
Nr. 685–1231: Veit Dietrichs und Nikolaus Meddlers Sammlung[3]
Nr. 1232–1889: Johannes Schlaginhaufens Nachschriften
Nr. 1890–1949: Ludwig Rabes Sammlung
Nr. 1950–2802b: Die Sammlung von Konrad Cordatus (Erste Hälfte)
Nr. 2803a–3416: Die Sammlung von Konrad Cordatus (Schluß)
Nr. 3417–3462: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Cord. B."[4]
Nr. 3463a–3463h: Tischreden aus der Handschrift Zwick.[5]
Nr. 3464a–3464p: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Wolf. 3231."[6]
Nr. 3465–3659: Anton Lauterbachs und Hieronymus Wellers Nachschriften aus den Jahren 1536 und 1537
Nr. 3660–3682: Tischreden aus dem 1. Abschnitt der Handschrift "Math. L."[7]
Nr. 3683–4201: Anton Lauterbachs Tagebuch auf Jahr 1538
Nr. 4202–4318: Tischreden, die in der Sammlung B. und in der Handschrift Khum. ins Jahr 1538 dadiert werden.
Nr. 4319–4719: Anton Lauterbachs Tagebuch aufs Jahr 1539.
Nr. 4720–4756: Tischreden, die in der Sammlung B. ins Jahr 1539 dadiert werden.
Nr. 4757–4857: Die Sammlung Khummer.
Nr. 4857a–4857p: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Dresd. 1. 423" und aus dem 7. Abschnitt der Handschrift Math. L.
Nr. 4858–5341: Nachschriften von Johannes Mathesius 1540.
Nr. 5342–5378: Tischreden aus dem Jahre 1540, die wahrscheinlich nicht von Johannes Mathesius nachgeschrieben sind.
Nr. 5379–5603: Kaspar Heydenreichs Nachschriften aus den Jahren 1542 und 1543
Nr. 5604–5658: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Clm. 937".[8]
Nr. 5659–5675: Hieronymus Besolds Nachschriften 1544
Nr. 5676–5749: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Clm. 943".
Nr. 5750–5790: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Clm. 939".
Nr. 5791–5824: Tischreden der Handschrift "Bav." und "Oben."
Nr. 5825–5889: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Luth.-Mel."
Nr. 5890–5941: Tischreden aus der Handschrift "Wolf. 3232"[6]
Nr. 5942–5989: Tischreden aus Georg Rörers Handschriftenbänden.
Nr. 5990–6507: Tischreden aus Anton Lauterbachs Sammlung "B."
Nr. 6508–7075: Tischreden aus Johannes Aurifabers Sammlung (Abkürzung: FB) (i.e. Table talks from the collection made by Johannes Aurifaber (abbreviation: FB))

German Bible



Companion volumes to the Weimar edition of Luther's works

See also


  1. 1 2 WA 73 was published in August 2009.
  2. Lefèvre d'Étaples
  3. This collection was previously only published in its entirety in Georg Rörer's edition.
  4. A manuscript with table talk from Konrad Cordatus which was found in a library in Berlin.
  5. A manuscript with table talk which was found in a school library in Zwickau.
  6. 1 2 A manuscript with table talk which was found in a library in Wolfenbüttel.
  7. "Math." means Johannes Mathesius and "L." means Leipzig, because the manuscript was found in a library in Leipzig. These table talks are possibly from the 1530s.
  8. Manuscripts 'Clm.' are in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich.

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