Primož Trubar

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Primož Trubar
Primož Trubar, woodcut by Jacob Lederlein, 1578
Primož Trubar, woodcut by Jacob Lederlein, 1578
Born 8 June 1508[nb 1]
Rašica, Duchy of Carniola, Habsburg Monarchy, Holy Roman Empire
Died 28 June 1586 (aged 77–78)
Derendingen, Holy Roman Empire
Occupation Protestant Reformer

Primož Trubar or Primož Truber[nb 2] (About this sound pronunciation ) (1508[nb 1] – 28 June 1586)[1] was the Protestant reformer, most known as the author of the first Slovene language printed book,[2] the founder and the first superintendent of the Protestant Church of the Slovene Lands, notable for consolidating the Slovene language. Trubar is the key figure of Slovenian cultural history and in many aspects a major historical personality.[1][3]

Life and work[edit]

Trubar was born in the village of Rašica[4] (now in the Municipality of Velike Lašče) in the Duchy of Carniola, then under the Habsburgs. In the years 1520–1521 he attended school in Rijeka,[4] in 1522–1524 he continued his education in Salzburg. From there he went to Trieste under the tutorship of the Roman Catholic bishop Pietro Bonomo, where he got in touch with the Humanist writers, in particular Erasmus of Rotterdam. In 1527 the bishop Pietro Bonomo assigned Trubar a priest position in Loka pri Zidanem Mostu. In 1528 he enrolled at the University of Vienna, but did not complete his studies. In 1530 he returned to the Slovene Lands and became a preacher. He gradually leaned towards Protestantism and was in 1547 expelled from Ljubljana.

While a Protestant preacher in Rothenburg, Germany, he wrote first two books in Slovene, Catechismus and Abecedarium, which were published in 1550 in Tübingen, Germany.[5] In the following years, he authored around 25 more books in Slovenian; the most important of them is the translation of the complete New Testament, which he started while living in Kempten im Allgäu.[4] The Memmingen city archive contains some of his books in digitized form available for reading online.[6]

Trubar died on 28 June 1586 in Derendingen, Holy Roman Empire (now part of the city of Tübingen, Germany), where he is also buried.


The monument to Primož Trubar by Franc Berneker. White marble, 1910. The statue stands at the entrance to Tivoli Park, opposite the Museum of Modern Art, in Ljubljana.

In 1986, the Slovenian television produced a TV series, directed by Andrej Strojan with the screen play written by Drago Jančar, in which Trubar was played by the Slovenian actor Polde Bibič.

Trubar was commemorated on the 10 tolar banknote[7] in 1992, and on the Slovenian 1 euro coin in 2007. In 2008, the Government of Slovenia proclaimed the Year of Primož Trubar and the 500th anniversary of Trubar's birth was celebrated throughout the country.[8] A commemorative €2 coin and a postage stamp were issued.[9][10][11] An exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Primož Trubar, and the achievements of the Slovenian Reformation Movement was on display at the National Museum of Slovenia from 6 March to 31 December 2008.

In 2009, the Trubar Forum Association printed Trubar's Catechism and Abecedarium in modern Slovene, in a scholarly edition that includes both the Trubar-era Slovene and the modern Slovene translation with scholarly notes.[12] The "Sermon on Faith", a portion of the Catechism, is available in modern Slovene, English, German and Esperanto.[citation needed]

Since 2010, 8 June is commemorated in Slovenia as the Primož Trubar Day.[13] Google celebrated his 505th birthday anniversary with a dedicated Google Doodle.[14]

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  1. ^ a b The exact date of Trubar's birth is unknown. In different encyclopedias and lexicons, it is given as 8 June 1508 or 9 June 1508, as June 1508 or simply as 1508, the last being the only reliable information.[1]
  2. ^ Primož Trubar used the version Truber throughout his life, except in 1550 when he used Trubar.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Voglar, Dušan (30 May 2008). "Primož Trubar v enciklopedijah in leksikonih I" [Primož Trubar in Encyclopedias and Lexicons I]. Locutio (in Slovenian) 11 (42) (Maribor Literary Society). Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Trubar Primož". Slovenian Biographical Lexicon (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts). Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Trubar Year Dedicated to Father of Slovenian Written Word (feature)". 2 January 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
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  8. ^ "The Year of Trubar 2008". Coordinating Committee for State Celebrations, Government of Slovenia. Protocol of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Government of the Republic of Slovenia Communication Office. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
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  10. ^ "The Euro – €2 Commemorative Design 2008 – Slovenia". 22 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "Prominent Slovenes". Post of Slovenia. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "First Slovenian Book Available in Modern Slovenian". Slovenian Press Agency. 23 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Slovenia Gets Primoz Trubar Day". Slovenia Press Agency. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Doodles/2013". Google inc. Retrieved 8 June 2013.