Bay Psalm Book printed
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Time Period
1640
Description
The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony were unsatisfied with the poor Hebrew translations used in several of their psalm books. To remedy this problem, they organized thirty ministers to produce a new translation, the principal editors being Richard Mather, Thomas Welde, and John Eliot. With their new translation incorporating new Hebrew scholarship, it became widely popular among the churches in Massachusetts Bay, hence the name Bay Psalm Book.

The first American psalter lasted for over a century before becoming outdated and replaced by improved translations of the psalms.
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Biographies
Eliot, John
Photographs

Bay Psalm Book title page- Library of Congress

Richard Mather portrait- Internet Archive

John Eliot portrait- Internet Archive- from Missionary Explorers among the American Indians by Mary Gay Humphreys
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Graham, Fred Kimball, 2004. With One Heart and One Voice: A Core Repertory of Hymn Tunes Published for Use in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, 1808-1878. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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