YMCA Navy New Testament

In 1917, when the United States entered World War I, organizations such as the Young Men’s Christian Association produced millions of Bibles or portions of the Bible. Their goal the strengthening of the resolve, as well as the morals, of military personnel.

New Testaments printed by the YMCA for the US Navy opened with a two-page dedication from President Woodrow Wilson: “The Bible is the word of life. I beg you will read it and find this out for yourselves—read, not little snatches here and there, but long passages. When you have read the Bible you will know it is the Word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”

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