The Whole Booke of Psalms

The book of Psalms is one of the few books of the Bible to be printed as a stand-alone book. In fact, it was the first book to be printed in the British colonies of North America. It was titled, The Whole Booke of Psalms, but became more popularly known as the Bay Psalm Book.

In 1639, the ministers and magistrates in the colonies chose three ministers to translate the Psalms into metered English from the Hebrew texts—John Eliot, Richard Mather, and Thomas Welde. About 1,700 copies were printed in 1640 in Massachusetts.The Bay Psalm Book quickly became popular in churches in the New England colonies.

Share

More Book Minute Features

August 12, 2019

Wycliffe Translators Origins

In 1917, a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the...
August 05, 2019

Five Presidential Birthdays

Five former US presidents have birthdays in August, with the oldest being Benjamin Harrison, followed by Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton...
July 29, 2019

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, “doing the most good” through millions of volunteers in more than 100 countries worldwide by serving hot meals to those in need, p...