Most people don’t realize that the Library of Congress is home to some of the world’s most unique and valuable bibles in the world, including the Gutenberg Bible and the Giant Bible of Mainz. On this Easter Sunday, make a point and visit the Library of Congress Bible Collection. Of special local interest is the Eliot Indian Bible:
Printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, between 1660 and 1663, the “Eliot Indian Bible,” as it is now known, was the first complete Bible printed in the Western Hemisphere. John Eliot, an English Puritan clergyman and pastor in Roxbury, Massachusetts, translated the Bible into the Natick dialect of the region’s Algonquin tribes to aid in the propagation of the scriptures. One thousand copies were to be printed by Samuel Green and a young English press assistant, Marmaduke Johnson, an order so large that it required a special shipment of paper from England.