Bay Psalm Book—First Edition

Here’s your clue: It was the first book printed in English in the Americas and is considered one of the most historic volumes in American religious history. What is the Bay Psalm Book?! But did you know that the Bay Psalm Book was first printed in the colonies in 1640 and in reissues remained in use for over 100 years? Originally, the colony's residents looked to a committee of thirty men led by John Eliot, Thomas Welde, and Richard Mather to translate all 150 Psalms from Hebrew into English. The communal singing of the Psalms from the Bay Psalm Book served to instill a strong sense of unity among Puritans of the day.

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