The "Eliot Indian Bible"
This is the first Bible printed in any language in North America and the largest single printing venture of the early colonial period. The Massachusetts Bay Company was founded, in part, with the goal of converting Native Americans to Christianity, and this Bible was part of that effort. Rev. John Eliot, who became known as the "Apostle to the Indians," was the chief missionary agent to the Native Americans in Massachusetts. The minister of the local church in Roxbury, he began preaching to Native Americans in their own Massachuset language and translating scripture for them. In 1663 he published this Massachuset translation of the combined Old and New Testament, which became known as the "Eliot Indian Bible."See this object in detail permalink