The New England Primer

"Called “America’s most famous schoolbook," The New England Primer is what schoolchildren
in colonial America used for learning to read—and for understanding the world around them!

The Christian Bible played a large role in shaping that understanding!

Containing spelling lists, prayers, and moral stories, as well as catechisms for religious study—it’s said the primer gave the child “a map to a world larger than himself. . .a wider spectrum of understanding and better selection of materials to heighten a child’s awareness beyond daily life.”

Biblical selections from the King James Bible—were interpreted by a Puritan worldview of sin and salvation. Memorization was key. Children would not only memorize the alphabet, but also learn rhymes and poems with biblical themes.

Engage with this Book—in the unfolding of its many applications!"

Share

More Book Minute Features

March 30, 2020

Nebuchadnezzar’s Inscription

The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar is mentioned several times in the Bible including his dramatic story of repentance in the Book of Daniel, Chapter...
March 16, 2020

Miserere mei Deus - Psalm 51

Miserere mei Deus (“Have mercy on me, O God”) by Gregorio Allegri, using the words from Psalm 51, is one of the most beautiful compositions ever writt...
March 09, 2020

Walt Whitman and the Bible in Poetry

Walt Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant 19th-century poets. Whitman references the Bible in several of his works. Evident in an...