The First Bible Printed in America
“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for pm-ing me this morning about the Algonquin Gospel. As you know, this will help me in my pursuit of being a more authentic Warrior and Praying Indian, and I have you to thank for that, my friend.”
Jonathan David Yellowbear, Sokoki/Abenaki Indian Nation #2367
“The Algonquin language BIBLE arrived today in the mail. I am absolutely thrilled to be reading this BIBLE FOR the very first TIME. I plan on doing better. I am planning on being able to incorporate the readings from this with my reenacting persona. Kitchi Wliwinni, Wlinanawalemizi ta Klibmkanni.”
Jonathan YellowbearWhen the Museum of the Bible opens this coming November they will have Eliot’s 1663 Algonquin Bible on display. I hope that when I am able to visit, we (Hunter Willis & I) will have completed our replicate of Eliot’s 1661 New Testament. If so, I plan to donate one to them so that they can have it near their original so that the public will be able to see, feel, touch, & read my replica. I find myself frustrated when I look at old books under to touch. Who knows, by the time I can get there, we may have Eliot’s’ 1663 Old Testament finished as well. Especially if I can recruit James Darlack to work on it after he completes his work on the Robert Aitken 1772 Old Testament.
Jonathan D Yellowbear and his 1661 Algonquin New Testament
These images are from an original 1661 Algonquin bible. Note the detailed views of tooling and the care taken in the design of the Bible.
Thanks to the William L. Clements Library for the images.
This is a photo of Eddie Rector’s powder horn with the Lord’s Prayer in the Algonquian inscribed on it.