The German language is the language of Germany.

When Western Christianity began using Latin, it was a living language. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin (See also: Vulgate), and this translation was the version that was long used by the Roman Catholic Church in their Latin Rites. By the 16th century, Latin was used only by the church, and for the average person, the use of Latin was a barrier for understanding. Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, the common language of the people, so that they could read the Bible for themselves.

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