The Natick Praying Indian Town

"In 1651 the Massachusetts Court established the Natick Praying Indian Town. Its 51 inhabitants constituting a church where its members were called to prayer with drums!

It began with John Eliot.Raised in an English Puritan pastor’s home, he came to Massachusetts in 1631 to become pastor of the church in Roxbury where he lived for 58 years.

Learning Algonquian, he began teaching the Native Americans in the area in their own language, presenting the Gospel books from the Bible and establishing what he called “praying Indian towns” for those Native Americans who converted to Christianity.

With the help of Native Americans, Eliot took on the arduous task of translating the Bible into the Wampanoag language.
His translation became the first Bible printed in America!

Engage with this book of books—discover the many layers of its impact on peoples and culture!"

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