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German Bible Society to publish unique illustrated Bible

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

3,333 Bible illustrations by Willy Wiedmann depicting the Old and New Testament in two volumes

The limited Art-Edition will be published in two volumes, containing a total of 1,740 pages, and in the colors white, cardinal-red, black, and gold. The images are complemented by the artist’s comments on his work as well as Bible verses from the revised Luther Bible 2017 from the German Bible Society.

“My father’s dream will finally come true: Making THE WIEDMANN BIBLE accessible to everyone. We could not have asked for a better partner as a distributor than the German Bible Society”, says Martin Wiedmann, son of the deceased artist.

Willy Wiedmann always wanted for his Bible to become accessible for Christians around the world. Because certain technologies were not readily available, he was not able to publish it during his lifetime. He therefore buried his vision and kept his Bible hidden in his gallery’s attic where it slipped into obscurity until his son revealed the artwork in 2014.

“…I felt that my work gave them something special and cause a feeling of content and even some kind of happiness. Ergo my conscious told me, if only these few people already benefited from my work why shouldn’t all Christians?” From Willy Wiedmann’s Bible Journal.

In order to make this project happen, Martin Wiedmann will produce this unique Art-Edition while the German Bible Society will be responsible for copy editing as well as distribution and sales. “THE WIEDMANN BIBLE is a very impressive artwork. It visually encourages people to engage with the Bible’s content actively. We are very pleased to include this unique book into our repertoire”, says Reiner Hellwig, the German Bible Society’s Chief Operating Officer.

“THE WIEDMANN BIBLE is another step for our mission foundation: Disseminating the Bible and the opportunity of education with the help of it. Since THE WIEDMANN BIBLE depicts the complete Old and New Testament in images it speaks all languages”, says Horst Scheurenbrand, Director of International Programs of the German Bible Society.

In May THE WIEDMANN BIBLE started supporting the United Bible Societies’ project which helps people learn how to read and write by means of the Bible. Parts of the proceeds will be donated towards this project. Other parts will be used towards the distribution of THE WIEDMANN BIBLE to make it accessible to everyone.

ONLY 3,333 copies will be available. Reserve your personal copy today! Click HERE


THE WIEDMANN BIBLE was illustrated by the artist Willy Wiedmann. In 3.333 illustrations the complete Old Testament and New Testament is depicted in the format of a concertina folder. For 16 years (1984 – 2000) Willy Wiedmann worked on this Bible. He created it in his Polycon Painting Style. His work has a total length of approximately 1 mile.

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About the German Bible Society:

The Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft (German Bible Society) is a not-for-profit religious foundation. It is engaged in translation of the Scriptures, the development and dissemination of innovative Bible editions, and in giving all people access to the message of the Bible. It bears international responsibility for scholarly Bible editions in the original languages. Through its international programs, in collaboration with other members of the United Bible Societies, it supports translation and distribution of the Bible worldwide, so that everyone can read the Bible in their own language.

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